Tigers ready to paw for maiden Asian supremacy
Bangladesh marquee confident to do well in the ACC Asia Cup 2018, which Tigers skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and dashing opener Tamim Iqbal ascertain in separate media release of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday.
Curtain of the biggest Asian face off will be opened tomorrow (on Saturday) with the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Before the inaugural encounter, Tigers leader Mashrafe said, as claimed in an ICC media release, "We have some great recent memories of the Asia Cup. We have been finalists in two of the last three events and on rankings we are the third best ODI team in Asia. That will inspire us and give us confidence as we get ready to play against some very tough sides."
All of the Asia Cup contestants except Hong Kong will partake in the 10-nation ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. The visionary leader of Bangladesh cricket team has been considering the Asia Cup as the best platform for the World Cup preparation. "The ICC Cricket World Cup is what everyone is looking forward to with enthusiasm and this will help us prepare well with so many from here playing in the mega event next year," Mashrafe expressed.
The best al-rounder in the world Shakib Al Hasan is expected to shine as bright as his name in the international cricket. "This continental tournament pits some leading players against each other and I'm sure fans would be hoping for some top-class action," said Shakib.
"It's an honour to be the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and I am hoping to be at my best during the tournament," he assured.
The hard-hitting opener Tamim Iqbal, is the best among Bangladesh batsmen with above six thousand runs, is going through the peak form of his career with the bat. The veteran Tigers batter said, "I have a little experience playing in Dubai because of the Pakistan Super League. I think the wicket here isn't the same. Sometimes it is a really good batting wicket and sometimes it helps the seamers and spinners."
"We have to see what kind of wicket we get, but playing in Dubai is always fun and we are looking forward to playing on and having a good game," Tamim told, as ACC published in a press release.
Bangladesh will get Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in group-A, while India, Pakistan and Hong Kong will be playing in group-B. Tigers will play against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan on September 15 and 20 respectively in the group stage.
Top two teams from each group will qualify for super four round and play against each other to reach the final of the 14th episode of the Asian stage, which is scheduled to play on September 28.