Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Tigers to play a practice game in Oman

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 6 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Tigers to play a practice game in Oman
Bangladesh national cricket team players attend their first training session at Oman Cricket Academy on Tuesday upon their arrival in Muskat for a week-long camp ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup this month. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh will play a practice match against Oman A team on October 8 during their week-long conditioning camp in Muskat, said the Bangladesh Cricket Board official on Tuesday.

Earlier, Bangladesh decided to skip their lone practice game in Oman in order to remain protected during their six-day mandatory bio-bubble, a prerequisite for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

However, the decision was altered after their counterpart got approval from the International Cricket Council regarding the practice game.

“They informed the ICC that they would maintain all the quarantine regulations. So ICC approved it,” BCB Cricket Operation Chairman Akram Khan told The Daily Sun.

Meanwhile, the Tigers began their preparation at Oman Cricket Academy ground in Muscat on the same day after completing one-day room quarantine.

Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar informed that they were trying to adjust to the weather in Oman and was satisfied with the wickets on the ground.

“We saw grass on the wickets here. It was a true wicket. Bowlers will get help while batsmen also can do well on such wickets. The ball was coming to bat nicely and such a wicket is really good for hitting in T20 cricket,” he said.

“We will need the first two days to adjust to the weather and we will cover it gradually,” he added.

Bangladesh will later travel to the UAE on October 9 and will be in quarantine until the next day.

The Tigers will take part in two scheduled warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland on October 12 and 14 respectively in Abu Dhabi before they fly back to Oman on October 15 to feature in the qualifying event of the tournament.

Bangladesh will take on Scotland in their first qualifying match on October 17 before they take on Oman and PNG respectively on October 19 and 21.