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Sylhet ODIs will certainly help us prepare well for World Cup: Liton

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 21st March, 2023 09:54:51 PM
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Bangladesh opener Liton Das feels that playing the ongoing three-match series against Ireland at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium will certainly help them in the World Cup as they are expecting similar wickets in the global event.
Bangladesh are traditionally known for producing wickets that are low and slow in nature or the double pace wicket where scoring in the range of 270 runs is termed as a very good total considering in those wickets, it is hard to play strokes.
The Tigers wanted to make a habit of scoring over 300 runs in the ODIs and it was reported that players have demanded to the board that they want to play the Ireland ODIs in Sylhet considering the wicket at the SICS is a sporting one with even bounce that allows the batsmen to play their natural game.
Apart from that, the SICS wickets have something to offer for both batsmen and bowlers as initially, pacers get some movement to put a challenge on the top-order while there are some turns available at the latter stage of the game and the plan proved helpful as the host posted over 300 runs in both the games against Ireland.

“Certainly it will help to play in this kind of wicket because in the world cup when you will be playing against a good bowling attack, at that point there will be such movement and they will bowl in similar quality,” Liton told reporters after the second game that was abandoned after the first innings due to rain on Monday.
“When you are continuously scoring 300-350 runs, it suggests you are playing good cricket.
“After a long time, we felt like we were batting in overseas conditions. The ball was moving. It was quite challenging. It is summer, but it felt like winter. It was due to the rain,” he said.
Liton added that scoring 108 runs in the last 10 overs against Ireland in the second game showcased their growth as a team.
“I think these runs are important in ODIs. Big teams often get hundred or close to hundred runs in the last 10 overs. It was a challenge for us. We have been talking about how we can get 100 runs in the last 10 overs of a T20I too, so it is a good sign that we have started to do it,” he said.