It’s a very unique situation since we are playing Ireland in England – Hathurusingha
Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said on Monday that their preparation isn’t the best for the upcoming ODI series against Ireland while Bangladesh reached England on May 2 to prepare for the ICC Super League series, but due to bad weather, they hardly had time to do so.
Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said on Monday that their preparation isn’t the best for the upcoming ODI series against Ireland.
Bangladesh reached England on May 2 to prepare for the ICC Super League series, but due to bad weather, they hardly had time to do so. The series is scheduled to begin on May 9 at Chelmsford.
Ahead of the opening ODI against the ‘hosts’, who are eager to secure straight qualification for the World Cup later this year, their only practice game against Ireland Wolves, was washed away on May 5
“It’s a very unique situation since we are playing Ireland in England and normally that doesn’t happen,”Hathurusingha told reporters on Monday.
“We can’t blame anyone and it’s the first time. If we knew this, we wouldn’t have agreed to this kind of schedule because it’s not ideal preparation. We learn from this one,”he said.
Hathurusingha added that they are not looking too far ahead in terms of World Cup preparation is concerned as they won’t play in similar conditions in India.
“In this series, not much since we are not playing in similar conditions to India. We will contemplate winning the series in these conditions. Not much looking into the world cup due to the conditions,”he said adding that newcomer Rony Talukdar and Towhid Hridoy have a chance to prove their mettle.
“Yes for sure (it’s a good opportunity) and for international cricket, they need to play in all kinds of conditions. This is the first opportunity they get I hope they prove it to themselves.”
He also added that Bangladesh is fortunate to have two quality all-rounders in their team in the form of Mehedy Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan.
“Actually he (Mehedy) is a genuine batter since he has a Test and an ODI hundred. We can treat him as a genuine all-rounder. We have another genuine all-rounder in Shakib Al Hasan so we are very fortunate in terms of whatever combination we want to go with whether an extra batter or bowler. We will decide tomorrow morning.
Hathurusingha has also backed Mehedy to deliver consistently at No.7 in the 50-over format.
“In my mind, there are few players who can play the position (number seven) and Miraz( Mehedy) can do that,”said Hathurusingha.
“It’s interesting because sometimes you come in needing 10 runs and then sometimes we are five down for not much and you need to rebuild, which Miraz has done well. So right now no problem with that.”
Hathurusingha also pointed out that the wicket has a tinge of green at the moment ahead of the game. “There is a tinge of green on the top, looks like the wicket is very good,”he noted.
“Very hard underneath and little tinge of green and that’s because it was covered the last few days due to rain. There was also a match here and they must have covered the wicket. The good wicket at the moment.”