A game against Ireland, but that’s in England. Bangladesh team has no experience playing such a bilateral series in a neutral venue. The time it is being played on is also not ideal. It is the beginning of summer in England. Rainy and cloudy weather prevails during this period. Due to the rain, the preparation for the three-match ODI series against Ireland was not good for the Bangladesh team.
Chandika Hathurusingha’s frustration with this. The head coach of Bangladesh told about the disappointment of the journalists who went to cover the series after the practice of the Bangladesh team in Chelmsford on Monday, ‘This is a very rare event. We are playing against Ireland in England. Usually this does not happen. We are not blaming anyone. If I had known before, I would not have agreed to play in such a schedule. Because, in this condition it is not possible to take ideal preparation. We have to learn from here.
The Bangladesh team had its first practice today at the venue of the series, Chelmsford. Earlier, Tamim-Mushfiq practiced for two days in the field of a local school. A warm-up match against Ireland Wolves was scheduled to be played at Feners, Cambridge University’s cricket ground, but was washed away by rain. After a day of rest, he was scheduled to have another practice session on the field. But because of the rainy field, the cricketers were forced to practice indoors that day.
Tomorrow is the first match of the three-match ODI series against the Irish. The students of Hathurusingha were able to practice at the venue of the match one day earlier. The Bangladesh team also got an idea about how the character of the wicket can be, ‘It felt good to see the wicket. The soil is very hard. Green too Maybe the wicket is still green because it has been under cover for the past few days due to rain. So far the wicket looks good
The shape of the field at Chelmsford is also worth seeing. One side is small, the other side is big. The coach also said that the cricketers have to be tactical in such a field.
There is also curiosity about how the team will be coordinated in this condition. However, with Shakib Al Hasan and Mehdi Hasan Miraj on the team, Hathurusinghe does not have to think much about coordination. He also explained, ‘Miraj is now a pure batsman. He has Test and ODI centuries. We can call him an all-rounder. So is Shakib. We are very lucky that we can play an extra batsman or bowler if we want to have them. That’s a luxury for any coach. I will decide what to do in this match tomorrow morning.
The Sri Lankan coach made it clear about his expectations for the team, ‘Best performance, mentality and preparation, which I am quite happy with. They are now in a better place mentally.
Hathurusinghe is also thinking about the fitness of the cricketers. Citing the example of Taskin Ahmed, who was not in the Ireland series due to injury, the head coach said, ‘My challenge is to keep them healthy, to keep them in the game. Taskin’s case opened our eyes. They are playing a lot of cricket. They have to be strong for big tournaments like Asia Cup and World Cup.
Bangladesh vs Ireland: Not being able to prepare ‘best’, Tamim relies on mental preparation.
Bangladesh is not getting a chance to practice in Chelmsford mainly because of the County Championship. Essex plays a Championship match at that ground against Surrey, which ends today. Tamim addressed the media today, raising concerns about the limited practice opportunities in Chelmsford.
Tamim expressed his thoughts, saying, “Had we been able to practice all the sessions there, the outcome might have been different.” He acknowledged that external factors, such as ongoing county championship games, were beyond their control. Despite this, the team is focused on an important game on the 9th and is determined to make the most of their mental preparation. Tamim emphasized the significance of being mentally prepared, as it will undoubtedly contribute to their performance.
Tamim also admitted that their preparations were hampered due to the weather, ‘these things are not really under our control. Maybe due to the weather we could not take the best preparation. But as much opportunity as we get, we try to be well prepared. The rest we have to prepare mentally.
But we are taking as much information as we can by watching past and present games. After seeing the wicket, I can say which combination we will play.
Bangladesh is supposed to be ahead in strength in this series; meanwhile, it is Bangladesh who has confirmed the World Cup game to be held in India this year. Although playing in England, the Irish are more used to such conditions than the Bangladeshi players. However, Tamim did not directly say his favorite in the series, ‘I don’t want to use the word favorite too much.
Of course we are here to play well and win. But cricket is a game where you can never predict what will happen. They will also play and they are a good team in these conditions. They are used to this condition. Hopefully, it will be a good series.