Tigers reach Sydney to clash with Pakistan
Jannatul Naym Pieal
The Bangladesh cricket team reached Sydney Saturday as they are scheduled to take on their Asian rivals and the former World Cup champions Pakistan in an official ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Match. This day-night warm-up match – to be played at Blacktown Olympic Park Oval in Sydney on Monday will start BDT 9.30am.
Before reaching Sydney, the Tigers completed a two-week conditioning camp in Brisbane where they also played two unofficial practice matches against Australia XI at Allan Border Field, losing both by five and six wickets respectively.
In this match, Tigers will be trying to get back on track after they suffered two consecutive defeats against Australia XI in their unofficial warm-up matches. Besides only a few players, no one else from the Tigers camp could do anything notable in those matches and so therefore, the match against Pakistan will be like an acid test for them, just before the World Cup. On the other hand, this match will be crucial for the Pakistanis as well as they will be looking to settle down on their final combinations before their hyped clash with India on February 15.
This will be 33rd match between Bangladesh against Pakistan while Bangladesh managed to win only 1 match vs. Pakistan in this 32 match. Bangladesh’s only victory came at a group match of 1999 World Cuo, which was the first appearances for Bangladesh in cricket’s biggest event. Other 31 matches were lost by Bangladesh against Pakistan. At the very last match Bangladesh lost against Pakistan after scoring over 300. After batting first Bangladesh scored 326 runs, with 3 fifties and 1 hundred of Anamul Haq. And then Pakistan made over this score within 49.5 overs. This was the highest score for Bangladesh alongside of Pakistan.
Although being a warm-up match only, this match will be broadcast all around the world, thanks to Star Sports – the official broadcasting partner of ICC events. Bangladeshi supporters can follow this match as Bangladesh Television and Gazi TV are supposed to bring this match live.