BANGLADESH LAND IN DUBAI, BEGIN TRAINING FOR UNIMONI ASIA CUP 2018

Asian Cricket Council – Press Release
10 September 2018


Bangladesh ODI Vice-Captain, Shakib Al Hasan: "We want to take one game at a time, but obviously the ultimate goal is to win the trophy."

Dubai International Stadium Head Curator, Toby Lumsden: "For the upcoming Asia Cup with the high quality teams that we have got coming, we plan on producing good cricket wickets."


The Bangladesh team selected for the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 began training in earnest at Dubai Sports City’s ICC academy facility on Monday evening from 6-9pm. The cricketers put in three full hours of work, including a couple of hours in the training nets.

Former ODI Captain Shakib Al Hasan worked through the duration, starting with fitness work and moving to a long session in the nets with the bat. Al Hasan spoke about his team and their preparations ahead of the Asia Cup. “We are confident enough we had a very good series against West Indies, especially in ODIs and T20s so we will take that confidence into the Asia Cup. Both the teams (Afghanistan and Sri Lanka) have been playing good cricket especially in 50 overs, so we have to play our best to go into the next round.

The ODI Vice-Captain added “We want to take one game at a time, but obviously the ultimate goal is to win the trophy. This is what everyone is here for. To get that success we need to get the process right so we will be looking more into our process rather than on the trophy.

Speaking about the opening match of the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 Al Hasan added. “Sri Lanka has a very good side, and a number of players who can win matches, so we cannot focus on just one or two guys. Eleven players will be playing so we have to perform well against all of them.”

Meanwhile Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Matthews had this to say about his team’s challenge for the coveted trophy “This is Asia’s mega tournament and it is being played every two years. It is a tournament all the teams take very seriously. We are really looking forward to this tournament, and playing against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. They are both top teams, and have been playing extremely good cricket, and we look forward to playing really good cricket to beat them too."

Dubai international Stadium is preparing itself for one of the highlights of its decade long career as a cricket venue, and speaking about the conditions and pitch was Dubai International Stadium Head Curator, Toby Lumsden. “Over the summer we have had a chance to construct two brand new pitches for the stadium, due to our high work load and demanding cricket schedule. “I think for the upcoming Asia Cup with the high quality teams that we have got coming, we plan on producing good cricket wickets. Traditionally first innings scores have been 260, hopefully we can build on that and make them a little higher pushing for about 270, but it is difficult during this time of year in September.

Lumsden added,“I think the conditions that will be present during the Asia Cup will be determined mostly by the weather. We will have hot days, possibly humid nights with some heavy dew is possible. The conditions will change throughout the day. Maybe reasonably fast conditions in the afternoon session, and then it might seam a little bit at night time and maybe get a bit of grip and spin for the evening.”

Bangladesh will train again on Tuesday morning from 10 am – 1 pm at the ICC Academy.

Team practice match schedule:

Tuesday 11th September
1000 - 1300 Bangladesh Team Practice at ICCA

Wednesday 12th September
1400 - 1700 Hong Kong and Afghanistan Teams Practice at ICCA
1800 - 2200 Bangladesh Team Practice at ICCA
1800 - 2100 Sri Lanka and Pakistan Teams Practice at ICCA

Thursday 13th September
1000 - 1300 Afghanistan Team Practice at ICCA
1400 - 1700 Pakistan and Bangladesh Teams Practice at ICCA
1800 - 2100 Hong Kong and Sri Lanka Teams Practice at ICCA

Friday 14th September
1000 - 1300 Hong Kong and Afghanistan Teams Practice at ICCA
1400 - 1700 Pakistan and India Teams Practice at ICCA
1800 - 2100 Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Teams Practice at ICCA

For Team media enquiries, contact:

Bangladesh
Name: Minhajul Abedin Nannu
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Mario Villavarayen (Bangladesh Strength and Conditioning Coach)
Mobile: +971 525013097

Sri Lanka
Name: Prasanna Rodrigo
TEL: +94 11 4718734
Mobile: +94 77 3540102
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India
Name: Anand Subramanium
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Pakistan
Emmad Ahmed Hameed
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Afghanistan
Name: Stanikzai Lutfullah
Mobile: +971-582591755
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Name: Hamkar
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Hong Kong - TBC

About ACC Asia Cup
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Asia Cup is a men’s One Day International and Twenty20 International cricket tournament played on a biennial basis. The 2018 edition is an ODI event and will take place from 15th – 28th September, with a total of 13 games being played in both Dubai International Stadium, Dubai and Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

The 2018 Unimoni Asia Cup will see five games played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi and eight taking place at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai Sports City, with the final being held on 28th September. More than 150,000 fans are expected to attend the 13-day tournament.

For further details, please contact:
Roshni Jayakrishnan
Media Consultant,
Dubai Sports City
Tel: +971 52 631 6535
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Filed September 11th, 2018