Mahmudullah expecting to deliver at the Asian stage
Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad had out spoken that they are ready to shine in the forthcoming ACC Asia Cup 2018, which is scheduled to be staged in the UAE from September 15 to 20. Mahmudullah also expected to get the Emirate cricket crowd in their favour.
The Bangladesh national cricket team reached Dubai on September 9 and started sweating from the following day to cope with the hot sandy weather at the ICC Academy (ICCA).
Mahmudullah revealed their process of adaptation with the adverse weather conditions. "At the moment, it is quite humid, but as professional players we have to adapt to the conditions and embrace the situation that comes our way, and we have to take it further on a positive note," said Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh won ODI series against Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean surrounded Lankan islands last year, who also came out successful at home in tri-nation ODI series round league in January this year but lost to visitors in the final. The latest meet between the two south Asian rivals was in T20i format in the Nidhahas Trophy in Sri Lanka couple of months back, where Tigers beat Lions in both the meets. Mahmudullah, thus, want to recall those recent sweet memories against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup.
"I think we have got some good memories against Sri Lanka from a few months back,'' said the dependable Bangladesh batsman. ''Sri Lanka are a very good team, and they are playing very good cricket and we have to be at our best to beat them. We have been preparing quite well at home. So hopefully we can deliver," he clarified.
Mahmudullah, as a finisher, gave Bangladesh a lot of winning memories to evoke. He escaped Bangladesh from many a certain defeat. How he feels when he does such heroic endeavour? "It always feels good to contribute to the team and if the team is winning it feels even better. I will try to keep it simple and try and contribute as much as I can," the silent killer expressed.
The batting all-rounder considers that all the Asia Cup contenders are strong and he wants to focus on group stage matches. He said, "To be honest, I think all the teams are playing very good cricket at the moment, every match is very important. We can't afford to relax and we need to take it game by game, so that we can do well in the first stage."
A lot of immigrants from Bangladesh reside in the Middle East and the cricket loving Bangladeshi dwelling in the UAE are expected to come the ground for supporting Tigers. "Hopefully, we are going to get a really good crowd here because a plenty of Bangladeshis live here, and we hope they will come out and support us and we hope to deliver some good results for them,'' Mahmudullah hopped.
Bangladesh will get Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in group-A, while India, Pakistan and Hong Kong will be playing in group-B. The six-nation tournament kicks off on September 15 with the match between the defending runner-up Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Tigers will take on Afghanistan on September 20 in their last group round battle.