Harry Tector – Thankfully I’ve played here twice before, so I have a fair idea of what to expect
Harry Tector said they need to play with an open mind as they prepare for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, which is set to begin on March 18 while Tector, who is visiting Bangladesh for the third time, stated that he is aware of the challenges ahead.
Ireland all-rounder Harry Tector said they need to play with an open mind as they prepare for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh, which is set to begin on March 18.
Ireland arrived in Bangladesh on March 12 to get ready for the series and they kicked off their trip with a victory over BCB XI at Sylhet, where the ODI matches are planned, by a score of 78 runs. The teams will then head to Chattogram to play three T20Is before landing in Dhaka to play the one-off Test match.
Tector, who is visiting Bangladesh for the third time following his stint with the Ireland Under-19 team in the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 and with the Ireland Emerging team in 2021, stated that he is aware of the challenges ahead.
“Thankfully I’ve played here twice before, so I have a fair idea of what to expect. But I guess coming over to this part of the world, your game generally is most tested against spin,”Tector told reporters on Thursday (March 16).
Tector said they are expecting a batting wicket in Sylhet but added they need to be prepared so that they can adapt to any kind of surface thrown at them.
“The scores in the previous one-day series in England-Bangladesh were a bit lower than maybe international par score in one-day Cricket. But I think the average score in Sylhet is over 300. So sort of expecting, hopefully, a decent, good batting wicket. A good cricketer wicket.”
“Probably expect it to spin a bit as you, as you naturally do here in Bangladesh. But I think the most important thing is just being sort of adaptable to whatever is thrown at you condition-wise,” he said.
“Could spin and it could not spin. Could be a tough wicket, or it could be a good wicket. We just have to wait and see and so yeah, looking forward to it.”
Tector added that the biggest challenge for him is playing spin.
“I think it’s probably more challenging for me. I don’t know the stats, but I think I’d probably be more suited to face pace than I would spin, but that’s just because I’ve grown up facing more pace than spin. So, I guess just sticking to what I’m good at. You know, shots, certain shot selection, slog sweep, that sort of stuff over extra cover, that everyone pretties much knows by now.
“Like how I try and play, it’s not gonna be any surprise to Bangladesh probably that I’m gonna try and play in a certain way. And I guess it’s just about being adaptable to whatever plays out for me. And then trying to work, find a way to score runs around that. I’m looking forward to that, that challenge, and hopefully, I’m up to it,” he said adding that he is now working on sweeping better. I’d love to be a better sweeper of the ball. At the minute, like I don’t think I’ve hit one regulation sweep at square leg in my career. So that needs to improve,”Tector said.