Bangladesh aim final in Under-19 World Cup
With Bangladesh being one of the most successful teams in Under-19 cricket at the moment, they are looking forward to making at least the final of the impending World Cup event.
Since the last edition of the Under-19 World Cup, Bangladesh won as many as 18 Youth ODIs, joint highest with India. And this record gives the Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali confidence to play all the way to the tournament decider.
Bangladesh Under-19 side are scheduled to depart for Jahannesburg on Friday evening. Before that, Ali met the press on Thursday (January 2), and openly discussed the prospects of Bangladesh making it really big this time in the competition.
“We have been playing good cricket in recent times, which is probably the reason behind the raised expectations about us. But we are not looking at the results, neither are we looking too ahead,” he said.
“Initially our aim will be to focus on the knock out stage, and then we will have a match-by-match approach. Recently we had our training in grass wickets of Bogra, and we will have another camp in Potchefstroom just ahead of the World Cup. We have the belief that we can even reach the final of the tournament. We can really do something good.”
Bangladesh are placed in Group C, where they will get Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Scotland. Before the start of the World Cup campaign in two weeks, they will have two practice matches alongside two official warm-up games. Bangladesh will have their first match on January 18 against Zimbabwe.