All-rounder Mahmudullah on Thursday expressed his confidence about facing Afghanistan’s versatile spin attack in their forthcoming Twenty20 series, scheduled from June 3 in Dehradun, India.
After a decent Twenty20 tri-series in Sri Lanka in March, Bangladesh will be looking forward to extending their good run in Twenty20 internationals when the face the Afghans in three-match series.
However, it was expected to be a tough task for the Tigers against a bowling line-up that produced a miraculous comeback in recent World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh batsmen had done reasonably well against India and Sri Lanka in tri-series and with the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sakib al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman at their disposal and vice-captain Mahmudullah believed they could do same against Afghanistan.
‘I think with such batting depths, we are capable to face their bowling varieties,’ Mahmudullah told reporters in Mirpur ahead of the Afghan series.
‘We have to apply ourselves in the right way. The series will be a challenging one. They are currently in eighth position whereas we are at 10th. I think it will be a good opportunity for us,’ he added.
Afghanistan would highly depend on their spin duo Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman, who had been a consistent performer since their debut in the senior team.
Leg-spinner Rashid is currently the top-ranked bowler in Twenty20 format whereas the 17-year old Mujeeb is regarded as one of the finest talents in recent times.
Mahmudullah revealed that they already had started their preparations for facing the spin duo and urged his team-mates to focus on their strengths, which would extend their possibility to win the series.
‘I already have watched the video footages. I’m yet to face Mujeeb but
have the experience to play against Rashid. We also played against Afghanistan in our home condition last year.
‘As we have a strong batting line-up, we have to give more emphasis on it….Both the teams have different strong points. It will be wise to focus on our strengths like we did in the Nidahas Trophy.
‘We took calculative risks in that series [Nidahas Trophy] and if we can follow the same, I hope that we can expect a positive result from the series,’ he added.
Mahmudullah, who led the Tigers in the initial stage of the Nidahas Trophy and had played a key part in Bangladesh’s qualification to the final, was also optimistic with the Tiger’s spin bowling attack and said that they needed to start well in every sector to get a positive result out.
‘We also have variations in our bowling department. Sakib is here, Apu [Nazmul Islam] and Miraz [Mehedi Hasan] are also here and they are doing well.
‘There is a slim chance to make a comeback in the short format. We need to start well in every department to do well in the series,’ he added.
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