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‘If we can challenge, we will be ready for World Cup’

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  • 5 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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‘If we can challenge, we will be ready for World Cup’
Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons (right) speaks to wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das during a practice session in Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday. —BCB PHOTO

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Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons on Tuesday claimed that he would consider his side ready for the ICC T20 World Cup if they can really challenge Pakistan and New Zealand in the upcoming T20I tri-series.

“We can’t ask for any better (preparation-wise ahead of the T20 World Cup). Finalist last World Cup and Pakistan is obviously on the up and if we can challenge them, we are getting ready for the World Cup,” Siddons said.

The Tigers recently earned a 2-0 series win against UAE and it came as some sort of respite for them after their continuous below-par performance in the shortest format in the recent past.

 They had their first training session in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Tuesday ahead of the tri-series where they will give a final shape to their World Cup preparation.

Bangladesh will begin their tri-nation series campaign against Pakistan on October 7 before they take on New Zealand on October 9 in their second match.

Bangladesh will then face the same opponents on October 12 and Pakistan on the following day in their remaining matches of the double-league format tournament.

The Top two teams from the league will progress to the final which will be held on October 14.

Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host all the matches of the tri-series.

Siddons also claimed that the condition in New Zealand would be quite similar to Australia while added that it will be good for his charges to get used to it before landing for the big event.

“We just came from Dubai and played a couple of games against UAE. Had a week practicing there and the facilities were fantastic (in UAE),” said Siddons.

“We came out of 40 degrees and so it’s nice to be in some cool weather at least for the Aussie guys in the group. But conditions are very similar looking at the wicket over there and the indoor centre is really nice. We are here to have some competition,” he said.

“Hagley (Oval) would play a lot like Australia. I think early season Australia is pretty similar to what it is here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Siddons cautioned his young group not to go overboard as they have few more things to learn so that they can replace the senior trio in the World Cup.

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim have already retired from T20Is while former T20I skipper Mahmudullah failed to make a cut in the World Cup squad.

“The boys are coming along and are a pretty young team. Some of the senior players have retired or not on this tour and the young team are excited but they have got a bit to learn. We would be looking forward to seeing two pretty strong teams here,” said the Australian coach.

“People like Sabbir and Miraz opening the innings are very different from Tamim and Liton. Liton is still there at number three or four so we still got a little bit of senior players over there. But the youth is very exuberant and energetic and that’s what we want to see and bring on table,” he added.