Left-arm pacer Abu Hider on Tuesday said that the forthcoming Asia Cup provided country’s young players to take the baton from senior players.
Bangladesh, who are drawn in Pool B alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the tournament beginning on September 15, had to rely on their senior players for most of their recent success.
Tamim Iqbal and Sakib al Hasan performed with bat while Mashrafee bin Murtaza claimed highest seven wickets as Bangladesh ended their long drought for an overseas series win in West Indies, taking the three-match series by 2-1 in July.
‘Our senior batsmen are in a very good form, Liton [Das] is also in a good form among the juniors. [Mohammad] Mithun and [Namul Hossain] Shanto are also playing well. So we want to perform alongside the seniors,’ said Hider.
‘Not that we are not supporting the team but if we can give this support a bit more, then it will probably better for our team.
‘Because the senior people are performing consistently now the time has come for us, juniors, to take charge,’ he added.
Talking about the bowling unit, Hider showed his satisfaction and said there was a healthy competition going on within the squad as most of the bowlers performed up-to-the mark in the series against Caribbeans.
‘We have a very good chance in the Asia Cup. Our pacers have bowled well in the ODI and T20I series of the last West Indies tour. If we can take this confidence in Asia Cup and bowl carefully, then we will be ahead.
‘All the pacers in the squad have settled down. I may be among the juniors, or my experience is a little less, but I am doing my best to make myself experienced and learn from the seniors. And here’s a competition,’ said Hider.
Bangladesh will start their tournament with the match against Islanders on September 15.
Hider said he got his plan for the Sri Lankan batsmen ready as he saw them playing in Nidahas Trophy and in the home series.
‘I have seen the Sri Lankan team closely, I saw them in the Nidahas trophy, and they also came for a home series in Bangladesh. I have a good idea about their batsmen.
‘If I play the match [against Sri Lanka], then I have the confidence of bowling against any of their batters. I will plan according to their strengths and weaknesses,’ said Hider.
Bangladesh squad was boosted by the joining of most of their coaching staffs during their ongoing training camp. Pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh was the latest to join on Tuesday, teaming up with head coach Steve Rhodes, spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi and batting coach Neil McKenzie.
However, fielding coach Ryan Cook is so far the only senior backroom staff yet to join the team.
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