Dhaka face Rajshahi in battle of giants

Sports Correspondent

12 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka Platoon wicket-keeper batsman Anamul Haque believes that their experienced campaigners Mashrafe Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal will be in their elements despite not playing cricket for a while.

Mashrafe is out of cricket since ICC World Cup 2019 while Tamim Iqbal opted out of India series to be with his family. He was also not available in the Afghanistan series as well.

Both the cricketers did not have a memorable World Cup campaign but according to Anamul the duo looks all set to fire in Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League.

Dhaka Platoon will start their campaign against Rajshahi Royals at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on November 12.

“Mashrafe bhai is able to deliver every ball in the right area. That’s really exciting. After watching Tamim Iqbal, it also seemed that he alsoi is in his zone. I think both of them are in good condition and will contribute to the team,” Anamul told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

“It is very necessary to have experienced players. We also have some senior foreign players. It is very necessary for every team to have some senior players. If you have such players among your ranks, it boosts the morale of the team. It is lucky of us to be able to play for this team. I hope I will have a great experience,” he said.

Anamul said that he is confident that his team will go the distance in the tournament considering they have a good bonding between the players.

“Actually, we have played together for many years now. The last team I played for, we have many players in this team from that squad, both local and overseas. That’s why our bonding is so good and we also had the same coach last year as well,” said Anamul.

“I think our bonding is really strong. We are trying to play our game. We are enjoying ourselves. We are trying to contribute as much as possible. So I think this is an advantage, so we think less about other things,” said Anamul.

“When we practice, it doesn’t seem like they (Mashrafe and Tamim) have been out of the game. It looks like they are complete and compact. There is a pleasant environment in our team which gives an aura that they will play well. Everyone will help each other, this is cricket,” he said.

“This is a team game. Everyone will not perform every day. One has to bat well and another has to bowl well, this creates the difference. I think they have been playing for so long now, they know what to do and will play well,” he added.

Meanwhile, Royals all-rounder Afif Hossain believes that they need to pick up the momentum at the right time to make sure that they are ahead of their opponent.

“Momentum of a team is an important aspect. If we are able to have a good start, it will be really good,” said Afif.

“Overall our team is in good condition and we are happy to practice together,” said Afif who joined the Royals camp after completing his stint with the Under-23 team who won the gold in the South Asian Games.

Afif said that he is eyeing to learn all he can from their skipper Andre Russell and added that he is keen to learn power hitting from the big West Indian.

“We have got such a big player as our captain, we are so lucky. We are able to share the dressing room with him. We will try to learn these from him and try to win the tournament through him,” said Afif.

“It’s not easy to hit shots like him. I will try to adopt the techniques that he follows,” he said.

“I cannot hit like him, we are very different. I will try to learn the technique that he uses and adopt it to use it in my way,” he concluded.