Bangladesh all-rounder Mehedi Hasan on Saturday claimed that the team was not taking their warm-up match against Pakistan lightly and wanted to use the practice matches to get accustomed to the English conditions before the World Cup begins.
‘We are not taking it as a practice match,’ Mehedi told reporters after the team’s practice session at the Sophia Garden’s in Cardiff.
Bangladesh will face Pakistan in their first warm-up game for the ICC World Cup today at Cardiff and will play their second and final warm-up match against India on May 28 at the same venue.
Bangladesh, who arrived in England from Ireland on May 18 after the completion of their three-nation series against Ireland and West Indies, have been practising in English condition to acclimatise to the foreign condition before the start of the marquee tournament.
The team still could take a couple of matches to get the hang of the conditions, figured Mehedi, and he hoped that the practice match will help the team adjust to the English conditions before the tournament kicks-off.
‘We might need two matches to get used to the condition. If we can adapt to the condition from the practice matches then things will get much easier for us in the tournament. So, it’s important for us to give our 100 per cent in the practice matches in order to improve on our lackings,’ he said.
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