Ace all-rounder Mahmudullah believed that Bangladesh needed to be at their best to beat Sri Lanka in their opening match of the Asia Cup, scheduled in United Arab Emirates on September 15.
Bangladesh were drawn in Group B alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the forthcoming Asia Cup with the top two of the group progressing to the Super Four round of the six-nation regional competition.
Both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were quite familiar opponents in the recent past as they met several times in all three formats though Sri Lanka had the last laugh on most of the occasions.
However, the Tigers had some delightful recent memories against the Islanders as they beat them twice in a tri-nation Twenty20 tournament at Colombo to qualify for the final in that event.
‘I think we have got some good past memories against Sri Lanka from a few months back, but Sri Lanka is a very good team, and they are playing very good cricket and we have to be at our best to beat them,’ Asian Cricket Council quoted Mahmudullah as saying on Tuesday.
‘We have been preparing quite well back at home. So hopefully we can deliver,’ he added.
Mamudullah revealed that the humid conditions in UAE would be more challenging for the Tigers to get success though he believed as professional cricketers they would overcome such problems.
‘At the moment it is quite humid, but as professional players we have to be able to adapt to conditions and embrace the situation that comes our way and we have to take it further on a positive note,’ he said.
Mahmudullah also hoped to get a great support from the supporters in UAE as lot of Bangladeshi lived in the Persian Gulf nation.
‘Hopefully we are going to get a really good crowd here because plenty of Bangladeshis live here, and we hope they will come out and support us and we hope to deliver some good results for them,’ said an optimistic Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh national team last played in UAE in 1995.