There is no doubt that playing in the unfamiliar English condition will be far from easy for Bangladesh in the just-about-to-begin ICC Champions Trophy 2017. However, former Tigers captain Habibul Bashar Sumon is taking inspiration from Bangladesh’s glorious performance in the ICC Cricket World CUP 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
“We played very well in the 2015 World Cup in what was a very unfamiliar condition of Australia-New Zealand. But England is nothing new to us. We first played in England in 1999. Since then, we have toured the country several times more. So, I think we know England better than Australia. I don’t see any reason not to be able to do well in England if we can do it in Australia,” said Bashar.
Bashar also thinks it is a very good opportunity for Bangladesh to rewrite history, “Another thing is very important. We don’t have much successes away from home. We have started winning overseas in last couple of years, but now it’s totally a new opportunity for us to rewrite the history. If we can do well in England, that will go down as a great achievement indeed.
“Some are saying we have been drawn into a very tough group, and we shouldn’t expect much. Because we have to play against England at their own backyard, while there are also Australia and New Zealand. Still I am very confident. We have beaten all these three teams before, that too in this English condition. So we can at least hope of one win. If we get more than that, our joys will know no bound,” he concluded.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com