Top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar on Wednesday said that he would rate the current Bangladeshi batting line-up ahead of Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the forthcoming Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in United Arab Emirates from September 15-28.
Bangladesh were drawn in Group B alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the six-nation tournament and will begin their campaign on the opening day against Sri Lanka in Dubai.
The Tigers displayed some splendid batting in their previous one-day international series against the West Indies where they crossed the 250-run mark barrier in all three matches and lifted the series 2-1, a rare achievement of overseas series win that came after 2009.
‘Obviously I will keep us ahead of them. Our recent batting performance in one-day internationals is much superior to the other two teams – Sri Lanka and Afghanistan,’ Soumya told reporters at Mirpur on the third day of Bangladesh’s fitness camp.
Soumya has been out of the national ODI side since October last year after having a series of failures, but the 25-year old batsman would be in contention to regain his place as some of his fellow team-mates also failed to show their worth in last few series.
The southpaw, however, revealed that he was ready to play in any position recommended by the team management and wanted to perform well for his side.
‘I think it matters most whether I can help the team to win. It doesn’t matter if I’m opening or batting at seven, my job is to perform well and if I can perform, the team will also get some support,’ said the left-handed batsman.
‘If I have to play there [at lower middle-order], then I will try to play according to the situation,’ he added.
Bangladesh will continue their training camp till September 6. They are expected to leave Dhaka for UAE on September 9 for participating in the 14th edition of the tournament.
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