Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes believes that South Africa tour is the toughest for any team in the world. But the Tigers are confident after spending a week in South Africa.
Bangladesh played a three-day warm-up game against Cricket South Africa Invitation XI earlier in the tour. Imrul scored a half-century in the second innings. Several Bangladesh batsman added scores of 50+.
Despite tough conditions, Imrul said the confidence is high for the Tigers and reminded that the value for shots are important.
“I believe not only ourselves, any country in the world would rate South Africa tour the toughest. Similarly, when South Africa visit our country then our conditions might be tough for them. Home advantage always plays an important role and it applies for all,” Imrul said after practice session at Senwes Park on Tuesday.
“Preparation is good overall. We came here one week ago and played a practice match (at Willowmoore Park in Benoni). And our confidence level got high after playing that practice match.
“Obviously there will be more pace and bounce here. We have to accept that. But I believe bounce and pace mean the ball can come to the bat nicely for the batsmen. If a batsman is good playing side shots then it is possible to score big runs here.”
Bangladesh are touring South Africa after nine long years. They will play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is there. The first Test will begin from 28 September at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. This venue is hosting a Test match after 15 years. Bangladesh played at this ground in 2002, the previous Test Senwes Parm.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com