Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah on Sunday said that they could not afford the luxury of being relaxed during the forthcoming Asia Cup in UAE as they have to give their best in every game of the tournament.
Bangladesh national team led by Mashrafee bin Murtaza left Dhaka on Sunday evening to feature in the six-nation regional tournament, which would run from September 15 to 28.
Bangladesh have been drawn in Pool B alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan with two teams set to progress into the next round.
‘There is no way to get relaxed,’ Mahmudullah told reporters at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
‘We have to give our best whether we play against Afghanistan or other teams.
‘Sri Lanka will have some advantage as they played there regularly. But they are a familiar side for us and they also know us very well,’ he added.
The 32-year old cricketer had a decent spell in the Caribbean Premier League with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots as he scored 87 runs and picked up four wickets in eight matches playing a part to take the side through to play-off stage.
However, the all-rounder could not play the play-offs as he had assignments with the Tigers.
Mahmudullah claimed that their recent series wins in West Indies would give them huge boost in the upcoming series where every match could be vital for them.
‘If you ask about the confidence I think that we are in a good shape since we won our last series against West Indies and played extremely well.
‘Every match is important for us. We have to play good cricket in every match and we will keep that in our minds before taking the fields,’ he added.
Mahmudullah believed that they would need to adjust with the UAE conditions as soon as they reach there and, in the same time, they also need to give their full concentration on playing good cricket.
‘The condition in UAE is quite similar to us but the hot weather will be an important factor. But we are professional cricketers and we need to adjust with that.
‘Some of us – me, Tamim [Iqbal], Sakib [al Hasan], Mushfiq [Rahim] had the experience to play over there. We know about the conditions. It is important how we play on a specific date and we are looking forward to that,’ he added.
Bangladesh will open their campaign in the tournament against Sri Lanka on September 15.