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Mahmudullah hopeful of beating Pakistan


Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad is confident of his side winning series in Pakistan as the three-match T20I series kicks at Gaddafi Stadium.

Team Bangladesh landed on Wednesday mid-night by a chartered Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight. The visitors have done their first practice session in Lahore. Mahmudullah spoke to the media reporters a day ahead of the first T20I.

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He said his side could win over current No.1 T20I side Pakistan.

“I can’t say if we are favourites of not because we have come here after a long time. They are a strong side in this format, that too on their home turf. I’m hopeful of my team playing good cricket and winning the series,” said Mahmudullah.

Bangladesh, ranked ninth in the T20I rankings, will face the table-toppers Pakistan. Mahmudullah says this is not a headache for the Tigers.

“I don’t think rankings will have much to do. We are not thinking about rankings. Otherwise, it will have a negative impact. If you look at our performances in last two T20I series, we have done well. We want to repeat that and hope for a good series.”

The ongoing tour is one of three legs in which Bangladesh travels Pakistan. After the T20Is end on January 27th, Bangladesh will turn up in Pakistan again in February for first Test and in April for one-off ODI and second Test. Bangladesh are however focused on T20Is now.

“Not really (on whether it will effect Bangladesh touring Pakistan thrice). We have come here to play three T20Is and will focus only on that at this moment. Our goal is to play good cricket and beat Pakistan,” he added.

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