Naved hopeful of U-19 Tigers acing in England

Sports Correspondent

10th July, 2019 10:22:44 printer

Bangladesh Under-19 National Cricket Team Head Coach Naved Nawaz said that he is looking forward to see how his charges fare in the upcoming Tri-nation series in England.

Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket Team are scheduled to fly to United Kingdom for Tri-nation Series on July 15.

The series will begin on July 22 which also features hosts England and India.

The young Tigers will play a warm-up match against England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Young Lions Invitational XI on July 18 before starting their Tri-nation campaign in London.

Each team will get opportunity to play four matches each. The top point earners will progress to the final showdown of the three-nation meet which will be held on August 11.

Bangladesh youngsters will face off England Lions on July 22. They will then take on India on July 24, just a day after the opening clash.

The young Tigers will play back-to-back matches against their counterparts from India and England on July 27 and 28 respectively.

Tigers will once again lock horns with India on August 7.

In the meantime, the young Tigers will play two consecutive matches against the home side on August 1 and 5 correspondingly.

Currently, Bangladesh youth are under rigorous training under the guidance of Head Coach Nawaz who is keenly waiting to see how his charges fare in unfamiliar condition.

“We have been preparing for last four weeks. We had a camp in Khulna and came to Dhaka and had one week in Dhaka as well. So I think we are prepared. We are looking forward to practicing for the five days before the tournament starts. We will have a training there (England) after the practice match. We have picked a very balance team. Hopefully we will perform there,” said Nawaz on Wednesday.

“Player will be familiarised in English condition. Nobody in squad played longer format cricket in England. It’s the first time for all of my boys. We have done as much as possible to beat England in Dhaka,” he said.

“Definitely condition is going to be a big challenge. But see, we have young squad. They are excited to do well in England. I hope we will do well,” he added.

Nawaz said that he does not believe that they did not have enough match practice ahead of the Tri-nation series.

“I would not say match practice is an issue as the boys have been playing a lot of matches. But playing matches in different condition is what I fell might come up as an issue. So, we are used to playing in Bangladesh. If any team come to Bangladesh it will be very hard for them to beat us because this unit is a very strong one.  But English conditions will challenge us but we have plans and have to work accordingly,” said Nawaz.

“I have confidence in the bowlers. The bowlers have been performing well in the past. It will be a challenge nonetheless. I need to motivate them as per the demand of the situation,” he said.