- Bangladesh ODI Vice-Captain, Shakib Al Hasan: We want to take one game at a time, but obviously the ultimate goal is to win the trophy.”
- Dubai International Stadium Head Curator, Toby Lumsden: For the upcoming Asia Cup with the high-quality teams that we have got coming, we plan on producing good cricket wickets.”
The Bangladesh team selected for the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 began training in earnest at Dubai Sports City’s ICC academy facility on Monday evening from 6-9pm. The cricketers put in three full hours of work, including a couple of hours in the training nets.
Former ODI Captain Shakib Al Hasan worked through the duration, starting with fitness work and moving to a long session in the nets with the bat. Al Hasan spoke about his team and their preparations ahead of the Asia Cup. “We are confident enough we had a very good series against West Indies, especially in ODIs and T20s so we will take that confidence into the Asia Cup. Both the teams (Afghanistan and Sri Lanka) have been playing good cricket especially in 50 overs, so we have to play our best to go into the next round.
The ODI Vice-Captain added “We want to take one game at a time, but obviously the ultimate goal is to win the trophy. This is what everyone is here for. To get that success we need to get the process right so we will be looking more into our process rather than on the trophy.
Speaking about the opening match of the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 Al Hasan added. “Sri Lanka has a very good side, and a number of players who can win matches, so we cannot focus on just one or two guys. Eleven players will be playing so we have to perform well against all of them.”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Matthews had this to say about his team’s challenge for the coveted trophy “This is Asia’s mega tournament and it is being played every two years. It is a tournament all the teams take very seriously. We are really looking forward to this tournament, and playing against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. They are both top teams, and have been playing extremely good cricket, and we look forward to playing really good cricket to beat them too.”
Bangladesh will train again on Tuesday morning from 10 am – 1 pm at the ICC Academy.