Confident-looking Bangladesh Emerging Team will take on Ireland Wolves in the first of the five-match one-day series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.
The hosts are full of confidence after winning the lone four-day match inside three days and they are looking forward to taking that momentum when they play against the Irish side at the same venue in the first white-ball affair.Emerging team head coach Champaka Ramanayake told The Daily Sun that they are not taking anything for granted as the tourists are good in white-ball cricket.
“Boys are ready and well prepared. They (Ireland) are a good team in the one-day format. So we have to really play well,” said Ramanayake.
Emerging wicket-keeper batsman Akbar Ali echoed the same sentiment while adding that they are eyeing to keep their momentum.
“We are very confident about ourselves but it is evident that they have a very different white-ball side compared to the longer version squad. Still, I hope we would have a very good series,” said Akbar.
“We are not taking any added pressure as if we consider this platform to prove our worth, it would definitely put extra pressure on us. So we basically want to play our game, enjoy the whole process, contribute to the team and we are hoping to have a positive outcome as a team,” he added.
Ireland head coach Graham Ford said that they are not losing their sleep after losing the four-day match inside three days as he believed it was a learning curve for his charges.“This tour is an opportunity for our younger group of players to experience the sub-continent conditions, get exposure against good quality opposition and of course to get an understanding of what to expect when playing against good spinners in the spin-friendly conditions,” said Ford.