Bangladesh’s T20 Captain, Mahmudullah will miss his team’s first warm-up match of the T20 World Cup 2021 due to a “slight back pain”. Bangladesh is slated to lock horns with Sri Lanka tomorrow in the first warm-up match ahead of the T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Selector Habibul Bashar said that team’s plan is to keep the captain fresh for their World Cup opener match which will commence on October 17 in Al Amerat against Scotland.
“[Mahmudullah] has a slight back pain,” Bashar said. “He won’t have time to rest during the tournament when there will be back-to-back matches. So we are not taking any risks now. He will not play tomorrow’s match; we will give him a bit of time. He is a seasoned player, so he can recover with a bit of rest, and prepare for the tournament”, Bashar added in his statement.
Bangladesh who couldn’t qualify directly to the main marquee event will first have to qualify in the eight-team Round 1 fixture. They have another pre-tournament warm-up match lined up against Ireland in Abu Dhabi on October 14. They will then travel to Oman to take on Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman present in Group B of the Round 1 fixtures, from which the top two teams will qualify for the Super 12 round.
Bangladesh’s head coach expressed his satisfaction with the way the team has settled down after becoming the first team to reach the UAE for the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh held their training camp in Al Amerat, where they also played a match against Oman The last week.
Speaking about the conditions in Oman Bashir said, “The wickets are fresh in Oman. It hasn’t held a lot of matches. They are true wickets. The bowlers get a good purchase, and it is good for batting. Spinners won’t get much turn. There’s considerable dew in the evenings, so that was also important information for us.”
“It’s quite hot during the day, but the weather is better in the evening. The conditions aren’t too different from our country. The wickets are different from Abu Dhabi or Dubai, where the IPL is being played. We will know more about Abu Dhabi when we play the practice matches there. Bashir added in his statement.
“Everyone seems to be confident. We came to Oman early to learn about the conditions. While on tour, the players’ attitude is an important aspect; from what I have seen so far, they are confident. Of course, things will be different during the main competition, but we needed this confidence ahead of the tournament. Everyone is using their time well and ensuring they get the best out of the great facilities”, Bashir concluded
Bangladesh players who are currently playing in the IPL 2021 will join the national team after the completion of the IPL 2021. Mustafizur Rahman who is an integral part of the RR squad has already joined Bangladesh’s bio0bubble in the UAE while Shakib-Al-Hasan will join the national team after completing his commitmmnets with KKR. The T20 World Cup 2021 will kickstart from 17th October in the UAE with Oman locking horns with Papua New Guinea.