Monday, 28 November, 2022

Tigers following same route before Pakistan showdown

Tigers following same route before Pakistan showdown
Bangladesh cricketers along with coaching staff are seen during a training session at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide on Saturday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons arrived at Karen Rolton Oval - the venue for Bangladesh’s practice sessions in Adelaide - with his two sons and nephew half an hour before the team reached there on Saturday.

Siddons took no time to get engaged with his sons and nephew as they had a batting practice session at the centre wicket of the field.

Although the little kids didn’t bat against regular cricket balls, they still looked focused during their batting sessions and had a busy time with Siddons, who had an academy named ‘Jamie Siddons Coaching’ here in Adelaide.

Bangladesh team arrived at the venue at 12:45pm local time and as it was an optional practice session, only four cricketers - Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Soumya Sarkar and Mehidy Hasan Miraz - showed up alongside most of the members of the coaching staff.

Bangladesh fielding coach Shane McDermott's family - his father, wife and children - also came to the venue separately to witness the Tigers’ last practice session ahead of their crucial Group 2 Super 12 last game against Pakistan, scheduled to be held at Adelaide Oval today.

Bangladesh seemed to take a similar route that they followed before their previous two games against India and Zimbabwe respectively - less practice engagement before match day - and it has been quite successful for them in this tournament so far.

The Tigers clinched a narrow three-run over Zimbabwe in Brisbane before they fell just five-run short against India in Adelaide and before both the games, Bangladesh had one optional practice day and one rest day respectively.

Bangladesh’s last match defeat against India came not before it produced some controversial incidents and the Tigers’ technical consultant Sridharan Sriram said that they wanted to make a fresh start in the game leaving aside all the talks.

“I think it’s a fresh start…We won two very close games against Netherlands and Zimbabwe. We lost a close game to India, but that happens. I think I’m looking at it as a fresh start,” Sriram told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.

“This is the best tournament Bangladesh have ever had in a T20 World Cup. We’ve never won two games in Super 12s in the history of Bangladesh cricket, so we’ve done that, so I think the boys should be proud of themselves,” he added.

Sriram said that they are planning one opposition at a time and are aware of the challenges against Pakistan as they recently played against them during the tri-nation T20I series in New Zealand.

“I’ve been very clear in all my press conferences. We’re just taking it one game at a time, planning for one opposition at a time. Every game we want to go, we obviously want to win it, but we’re aware of what challenges Pakistan present,” he said.

“We played them in New Zealand just recently, and we have high respect for that team, so we’re going to turn up and be at our best on that day.

“I think they’re a very good side. We had opportunities in both games that we played against them in New Zealand. We are aware of their strengths and they’re aware of what our strengths are, so it will be a great contest tomorrow (today),” he concluded.