Ace all-rounder Sakib al Hasan is confident that Bangladesh cricket team has the capacity to beat any side in the world in Tests at home.
Bangladesh will face Australia in the two-Test series at home later in the month and the all-rounder, who is in the USA now for playing Caribbean Premier League, believes they have the ability to win the series.
‘We believe that we can beat any team at home,’ said Sakib a programme of the Bangladeshi community at Queens Castle at New York on Friday.
Sakib said that Tigers have been improving fast and becoming a regular threat for the big teams in the international arena by winning matches frequently.
In the one-day international format, Bangladesh are now in a respectable position though they are in the bottom of the Test side but Sakib thought their recent home record gives them ample of confidence.
Bangladesh beat England in their last home Test in October and also won their last Test match away from home at Colombo against Sri Lanka.
They will face Australia for the first time in 11 years, having last played against the side in 2006 just before Sakib made his international debut.
Sakib, who will be playing his 50th Test in the first match of the series, said that the occasion will make them more confident.
‘Last time we beat England at home and that gave belief to us. None of us in the squad have played against Australia. It will be a new experience for us and we all are excited.
‘Please keep us in your prayers so that we can play well and beat Australia.’
Sakib acknowledged the Bangladeshi community in the US for their generous support and constant inspiration despite the sports is not so popular in that country and hoped they would return the faith with good performance.
‘Cricket is not very popular here in the USA. But the way you support us is amazing. We had some chances to attend such programmes in Australia and England as cricket is played there. But it is a rare opportunity here. Thanks for your great support.
‘Our cricket is in a good position now. The way we are doing I am sure we may bring greater success in near future. What I feel, there are discussions in the Asian colony about cricket.
‘They discuss whether we may beat India or beat Pakistan and Sri Lanka. I think we can regularly beat them and put your esteem higher in the community.’
Sakib also highly acknowledged the contribution of the early generations as he believed that set up the base for the current position the Bangladesh cricket is strongly holding.
‘I have been playing for a long time for Bangladesh. I had played for under-15 in 2003 and have been playing for the national team since 2011.
‘I have seen many things during this phase. The generation before us did a splendid job and we are trying a carry forward their good work,’ he said.
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