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Don’t panic in England game

Gibson advises his charges

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 27 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Don’t panic in England game
Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah (centre) and other cricketers are seen in a jolly mood during their practice session at ICC Academy in Dubai, UAE on Tuesday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson urged his charges not to panic as he believed England’s ultra-positive approach would provide them more chances during their ICC T20 World Cup game.

The Tigers will take on England in their second Super 12 match of the ongoing meet at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE today with an aim to clinch their first victory on the main stage.

Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka by five wickets in their opening Super 12 match while England made a winning start by thrashing West Indies in their opening game.

However, the Three Lions lost four wickets while chasing down the paltry 56-run target in Dubai and Gibson believed that they would give the Tigers several opportunities during the upcoming game also.

“England’s mindset is always to be positive. But if the condition doesn’t allow for your positivity, sometimes you give wickets away,” Gibson said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

“Like I said, they were chasing 55 against the West Indies, and they lost four wickets for those 55 runs. On the day we play well, we play to our potential, then they will give us opportunities to win the game or to have a say in the game. If we take those opportunities, the result could very well go in our favour.

“I’ve spoken to our bowlers and our batsmen, England bowlers are looking to take wickets all the time, and England batters are looking to score runs all the time and put bowlers under pressure.

“The message is not to panic, understand that you are going to get hit. You might bowl a good ball and get hit because that's their mentality, but they also give you opportunities to take wickets.

“So we must be calm. We must try and execute our skills plans. And when those opportunities come, we must take those opportunities of course, but we must -- the one thing we must remain as a bowling group is calm and very considered in how we approach every ball that we bowl,” he added.

Bangladesh will definitely try to bank on Gibson’s knowledge of the opposition as he had worked with England previously – a team that the Tigers have never faced in T20Is despite playing 116 matches since they first played the game in 2006.

Bangladesh were supposed to host England for a three-match T20 series in September this year ahead of the World Cup but the tour was rescheduled to 2023.

The Tigers however could seek confidence from the performances against England during 2011 and 2015 editions of the 50-over World Cup where they defeated the Three Lions.

Gibson added that they are fully backing Liton Das and also claimed that the dropped catches are part of the game.

“Catches get dropped. In every cricket match, one or two catches go down. Obviously, when the catches sort of result in a player part that results in a game, it’s highlighted more,” he said.

“We do a lot of catches in practice. We do a lot of various catching drills. Ultimately, when the guys are out in the middle under pressure, then mistakes like catches going down happen.

“He’s (Liton) one of our best fielders, first of all. The fact that a couple of catches went down doesn’t diminish from what he contributes to the team. Of course, anybody can drop a catch. Like I said before, it's highlighted because those catches, you can argue, contributed to the result of the game,” he added.

Bangladesh suffered an injury scare ahead of the game as wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan sustained a minor niggle during the practice session at ICC Academy in Dubai on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, England batsman Jos Buttler said that they are expecting a tough game against Bangladesh and they prepared differently for the match.

“I think we fully expect to face Bangladesh at their best tomorrow. Like I said, just mentioned, they have been very strong at home in recent years. Conditions here are generally quite similar. So no, we are expecting a really good performance from Bangladesh tomorrow, and a very tough game,” he said.

“We prepare specifically for the opposition and so for the conditions we face, the spins, it's going to play a huge part in this tournament and of course Bangladesh have a couple of left-arm spinners. Been practising against that a lot in the nets and trying to get some plans in place,” he added.