Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan hinted that the Tigers would visit India next month with a full-strength squad for three-match Twenty20 international series against Afghanistan.
According to the draft schedule prepared by the BCB and Afghanistan cricket authorities, the three matches of the series will be held from June 5 to 9 in Indian city Dehradun.
‘We need to take this series as a huge challenge. There is no way to underestimate them [Afghanistan] in any situation, I think we need to go with our best side and I guess this is going to happen,’ Nazmul told reporters at a programme on Monday night.
Nazmul gave Afghanistan a handful of credits and stated that there was no way Bangladesh can take them lightly having trailed the side by two places in Twenty20 rankings.
‘In T20s, Afghanistan is a stronger side as we are two steps behind them in rankings. So it will be wrong to consider them as a weaker side. I think, winning against them with a full strength side would be a huge challenge,’ he said.
Nazmul said that Bangladesh would be taking some extra precautions to face the world’s top-ranked T20 bowler Rashid Khan and spinner Mujeeb-ur Rahman, who also grabbed the attention with their performance in the ongoing India Premier League.
‘They [Afghanistan] have the best T20I bowler in their side. We need to think about Rashid Khan and Mujib separately. Batsmen like Kohli are getting bowled by them in IPL and some of the world best are trembling against them.’
In T20s, Bangladesh faced Afghanistan only one occasion where the Tigers claimed a comfortable nine-wicket win after bowling them out for only 72-run during the first-round match of ICC World T20 tournament in Dhaka.
Talking about the venue, Nazmul said the board didn’t have any problems with the series venue though they wanted the series to be held in Kolkata for the sake of the Bangladeshi fans, who would have found it easier to travel.
‘We don’t have any problems with the venue. It is not true that we didn’t want to play in Dehradun. But we wanted to play at the Eden Garden of Kolkata.
‘Bangladeshi spectators could’ve watched the series if it was held in Kolkata. This was going to be difficult in Dehradun, which was an important issue for us,’ he added.
According to Nazmul, the temperature of Dehradun could take a hard test out of the Bangladeshi players while he took it as a challenge to get new experiences.
‘After coming back from Dehradun, the temperature issue came up as the temperature hovered over 35 degrees during the evening.
‘We are not sure if our boys will feel relaxed playing in such weather. But a game is a game. We will have some new experience there,’ Nazmul said.
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