Mahmudullah Riyad believes that there is no big or small team in T20 cricket. He thinks rankings doesn’t matter in the shortest format.
Bangladesh will tour Dehradun to play three T20Is against no.8 ranked T20I side Afghanistan. Bangladesh will be taking the form of Nidahas Trophy where they reached the finals. They defeated Sri Lanka twice on their home turf, once in a 200+ run-chase another in a last-over drama.
“I personally believe that there is no big or small team in T20 cricket because on a given day a team can beat any team no matter what their rankings are,” Mahmudullah said. “The main thing is we have to play good cricket regardless of whether the opponents are Afghanistan, India or Australia. It is a format where there is little chance of comebacks, so a good start is important. We have to take calculated risks in Dehradun that we took in Sri Lanka (Nidahas Trophy).”
Afghanistan are 10 points ahead of Bangladesh in T20I rankings. The Tigers have 10 points. The only way Bangladesh can move up in the rankings after this series is by beating the Afghans by 3-0. That will bring Afghanistan down to no.10, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will move to no.8 and no.9 positions.
That’s why Mahmudullah yesterday told the reporters that they are now concentration on Afghanistan series.
“Of course, Windies series are at the back of our minds but at this moment we are focusing on the white-ball challenge against Afghanistan because it’s a very important series for us in terms of stepping up in the rankings,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com