Sunday, 29 May, 2022

We are well prepared: Rahmat Shah

We are well prepared:  Rahmat Shah

Afghanistan ODI’s vice-captain Rahmat Shah said on Friday that they are not too worried with their preparation that got hampered after several cricketers of their camp were corona positive considering they have done their homework prior to the series.

A 22-member Afghanistan team arrived in Dhaka on February 12 and moved to Sylhet the day after to partake in a preparation camp ahead of the three ODI, two T20I series.

Their preparation plan seemed to have gone into doldrums as several members of the touring party were tested corona positive on February 14 forcing them to go into isolation.

However, touring party heaved a sigh of relief as all the members were found negative during the test that was done on Wednesday as it paved ways to start their preparation for the ODI’s series, that is part of the ICC ODI Super League.

Rahmat feels that coming over to Bangladesh helped them as they could acclimatize with the condition after having an intense training camp in Doha.

‘’We had two week training at Doha and now had  early visit to get familiar to the condition and players is getting better day by day and preparation is going very well,’’ Rahmat told Daily Sun adding that they to leap frog Bangladesh in the ICC ODI Super League’s points table during the upcoming three-match ODI series.

‘’I know this is super league matches and very important for all teams,’’ he said.

‘’It is away series for us but we have very good preparation and looking to gain points to build our point table,’’ he added.

Bangladesh currently sits at the second position of the points table of ICC Men's World Cup Super League with 80 points from 12 matches while their counterpart   earned 60 points from their six wins so far and Mujeeb is eyeing for a clean sweep as that will take their points tally to 90 points.

Afghanistan had their first full-fledged practice session at the Sylhet International Stadium on Friday.

Three cricketers later joined the touring contingent after completing their stints in Bangladesh Premier League. Leading Afghan stars Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who are currently participating in the Pakistan Super League, will join the squad ahead of the ODI series.

The Afghanistan team is scheduled to fly to Chattogram on February 19 to play the ODI series beginning on February 23. The next two games are scheduled on February 25 and 28 while both the teams will travel to Dhaka for the two T20Is on March 3 and 5.