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Taskin optimistic about Tigers’ performing well in white-ball series

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  • 30 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Taskin optimistic about Tigers’ performing well in white-ball series
Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed bowls during a practice session at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Tuesday. –BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed was hopeful that his side would be able to learn from the Test series mistakes and provide a better performance in the upcoming white-ball series against West Indies.

Bangladesh conceded a 0-2 defeat in the preceding two-match Test series against the hosts after losing both the matches by seven and 10 wickets respectively in Antigua and St Lucia.

The Tigers will now face the Caribbean side in a three-match T20I series which will be followed by a three-match ODI series.

The first two of the three matches will be held in Dominica on July 2 and 3 respectively while Guyana will host the series-concluding T20I on July 7.  

The three ODIs are also scheduled in Guyana on July 10, 13 and 16 respectively.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t do well in the previous (Test) series. We will have a T20I series and it will be followed by an ODI series. We will have to work on our mistakes in future. We can’t think only of that as we have different format matches in the coming days,” said Taskin, who missed the Test series due to an injury, on Tuesday.

“We are looking forward to the upcoming T20I series and we will be planning for that. We want to do well there and present the nation victory,” he added.

Taskin, who joined the national side for the first time since getting injured during the South Africa Test series in March-April, also expressed his excitement to return to the side after three months.

“I felt really great to complete a full practice session with the team after a gap of three months. I did fielding, bowling and batting. There was some kind of discomfort during the start of the practice but after that, everything was normal. I was feeling really well after completing (the practice session),” he said.

Taskin also believed that the forthcoming three-match T20I series would be crucial for them as the Asia Cup and the ICC T20 World Cup are knocking at the door.

The upcoming Asia Cup, which will be played in the T20 format, will be held in Sri Lanka in August-September while the T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia in October-November.

“Every match or series is important for us as we have the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup next…We will definitely play to win these matches so that we can use it for a long time as well as develop ourselves and raise our confidence. We will be targeting to prepare well for the World Cup by playing in those matches,” Taskin concluded.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team’s journey to Dominica for the opening two T20Is was delayed by one day due to a cyclone threat in St Lucia and they will now travel there on the ferry today.