Bangladesh Under-19 National Cricket Team skipper Akbar Ali insisted that they are not looking too far ahead in regards to the upcoming Tri-nation Series comprising of India and hosts England, scheduled to be held from July 22 to August 11.
Each team will play with each other four times on league style and later top two teams will play in the final on August 11.Prior to the tri-nation meet, touring Bangladesh will play a warm-up match against Young Lions Invitational XI on July 18 at ECB Performance Centre in Loughborough.
“We have a lot of matches to play before final. All total we have to play eight matches. We will try to move forward match by match without obscuring our vision by thinking too far ahead,” skipper Akbar told reporters ahead of the tri-nation.
“We are also going a bit early so it is a great opportunity for us to adapt to the English conditions,” he said.
“I think adapting to the conditions and wickets of England will be the biggest challenge,” he said.
Akbar insisted that it will be a totally different experience to play against England at their own back yard despite the fact they had done well against them in the recent past at home.
“It is going to be a totally different series. England came to our country and played here. As per our knowledge, they also have made some changes in their team,” said Akbar.“Of course, they will challenge us in their home conditions. India are a good team too,” he said adding that they will be looking forward to using this experience in the upcoming Under-19 World Cup.
“You all know our main target is the 2020 World Cup. We are taking preparation for the World Cup. This series is going to help us a lot before the World Cup,” he said.
“Before the World Cup, playing a Tri-nation series like this is a big opportunity,” he said.
During the tri-nation series, Bangladesh Youth team will take on England on July 22 at New Road, Worcester, face India on July 24 at the same venue, face India again on July 27 at Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire and face hosts England on July 28 at the same venue.
Bangladesh U-19 team will play again India on July 30 at Billericay CC in Essex, England on August 1 at the same venue, meet England again on August 5 at Beckenham in London and India on August 7 at the same venue.