Bangladesh Under 19 cricket team, have left the country on Monday night to participate in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup ahead, which is scheduled to be held in New Zealand next year. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ফাইনালের লক্ষ্য নিয়ে দেশ ছাড়লো যুবারা]
The Bangladesh squad will get around 11 days to make themselves prepare before taking part in the grand event of ICC. They will play three warm-up matches on 1, 3 and 5 January, all against Otago Eleven at University Oval to cope up with the conditions before the kick-off of the tournament.
The youth Tigers left the country with big hope. Before leaving the country, they did a photo session at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium. After that, Bangladesh skipper Saif Hassan met the journalists in a press conference, where he told about his high hope, “Our target is to become No 1. We will play match by match. Our first target is the quarter-finals. Then we will think match by match.”
He admired that conditions will be challenging but they are well prepared to face it and further told, “The condition will be challenging there. But we have prepared well. We have played well in the recently concluded Asia Cup. We have a preparation of 12 days with three practice matches. So we will try to perform well there,”
He is hopeful to full-fill their dreams and believes it will be possible for their long lasting bonding with the team. “We have played together for a long time. We have good communication and combination. This is our strength. World Cup is a big platform. It will be big pressure. If we are able to play with less pressure then I believe we can perform well,” he said.
To be noted, Bangladesh are in Group C of the tournament, will face Namibia on 13 January, Canada on 15 January and England on 18 January in the group affairs.
Bangladesh squad for World Cup: Mohammed Saif Hassan (captain), Afif Hossain Dhrubo (vice-captain), Pinak Ghosh, Naim Sheikh, Towhid Ridoy, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mohammad Rakib, Mahidul Islam Bhuiyan Ankon, Shakil Hossain, Robiul Haque, Nayeem Hasan, Qazi Onik Islam, Roni Hossen, Hasan Mahmud and Tipu Sultan.