ASIA CUP

Sakib takes it one match at a time

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 14,2018

 
 

Bangladesh all-rounder Sakib al Hasan is seen during a training session in UAE on Tuesday. — ACC photo

Vice-captain Sakib al Hasan on Thursday said that Bangladesh would be concentrating on match by match process in order to get success in the forthcoming Asia Cup, starting on Saturday in United Arab Emirates.
The Tigers put up a decent performance in the recent Asia Cups, reaching final in two of the previous three editions but ultimately lost both the finals to remain content with runner-ups in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
The two finals coincided with Bangladesh recent jumps in the rankings, making them one of the strong contenders to lift the prestigious trophy at the UAE.
The tournament has returned to 50-over format, the favourite format of Bangladesh, where they are currently ranked seventh ahead of their Pool B rivals Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
But Sakib believed it would not give them any edge and insisted that Bangladesh should not look at too far at the beginning of the tournament.
‘We want to take one game at a time,’ Sakib was quoted in the Asian Cricket Council website.
‘Obviously the ultimate goal is to win the trophy. That’s why everyone will be here for to play for the trophy. To get that success we need to do our process right. We are looking into more our process,’ he added.
Bangladesh’s confidence was highly boosted with their recent limited-over success in the Caribbean soil where they beat the hosts West Indies by identical margin of 2-1 both in ODI and Twenty20I series.
The 31-year ace all-rounder believed that the confidence they gained in the series against West Indies would help them to get success in the Asia Cup.
‘Well we are confident enough. We had a very good series against West Indies – especially in ODIs and Twenty20s. So we will take that confidence in the Asia Cup,’ he said.
The Tigers will begin their campaign against Sri Lanka on the opening day of the tournament and Sakib believed that they needed to deliver their best to progress to the next round.
Top two teams from each group will make it to the Super Four round of the tournament with India, Pakistan and Hong Kong drawn in the other group in the six-nation event.
‘Obviously both the teams are very good sides at this moment. They are doing really well especially in fifty overs game. We will have to play our best to be able to go to next round,’ said Sakib.

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