Colonel (retd.) Abdul Latif is a former vice president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). He also seved as a manager for Bangladesh national cricket team for a brief period, having managed Bangladesh during their Australia, Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka tours between 2003 and 2005. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “২০১৯ থাকবে বাংলাদেশের দখলে”]
Recently Latif has written an article in Dhaka Tribune where he expressed that he has a gut feeling that the year 2019 will belong to Bangladesh.
“Having reached a certain level now, the chief job for everyone will be to hold onto it. We have the 2019 World Cup approaching and need to make sure the team are in perfect shape in terms of fitness and preparation.
“With the current ODI team, I dream year 2019 will be ours. With this team we can go to the World Cup without any hesitation and if everything falls into place, play the final of the tournament I strongly believe,” wrote Latif.
According to him, the year 2007 was the start of the Tigers’ rise in the game of cricket. “We might have turned into a regular winner recently but it was the team 10 years ago which showed glimpses of their ability.
“The current team are now boosted with confidence. They are focused to get better every day and this is being backed well by the improved infrastructure of the game in our country. The pipeline for the national team is now better than anytime in the past and there are regular activities in age-level cricket to maintain this process,” he reckoned.
Latif also has some requests to the current higher authorities of Bangladesh cricket.
“My humble request will be to keep this team compact and inspired in all forms. We should base our preparation on strong planning and make sure to play bilateral series’ against the top teams.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com