BANGLADESH ALL-ROUNDER MAHMUDULLAH AIMING TO SET NEW RECORDS AT UNIMONI ASIA CUP 2018

Asian Cricket Council – Press Release
11 September 2018


Bangladesh Player Riyad Mahmudullah: "Sri Lanka is a very good team, and they are playing very good cricket and we have to be at our best to beat them."

Bangladesh all-rounder Riyad Mahmudullah spoke ahead of another rigorous training session held by the Bangladesh ODI team at Dubai Sports City’s ICC Academy. Preparations for the opening match of the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018 between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in full swing and the Bangladeshi players are bullish about their chances in the six-nation regional tournament.

Mahmudullah on previous Bangladesh-Sri Lanka matches: “I think we have got some good past memories against Sri Lanka from a few months back, but Sri Lanka is a very good team, and they are playing very good cricket and we have to be at our best to beat them.  We have been preparing quite well back at home. So hopefully we can deliver.”

Mahmudullah on Setting Records at Asia Cup: “I will try (to set some new records) it always feels good to contribute to the team if the team is winning it feels even better. I will try to keep it simple and try and contribute as much as I can. To be honest I think all the teams are playing very good cricket at the moment, every team is very important and we can’t afford to be relaxed, and we need to take it game by game so that we can do well in the first stage.”

Mahmudullah on adapting to local conditions: “At the moment it is quite humid, but as professional players we have to be able to adapt to conditions and embrace the situation that comes our way and we have to take it further on a positive note.”

Mahmudullah on crowd support in the UAE: “Hopefully we are going to get a really good crowd here because plenty of Bangladeshis live here, and we hope they will come out and support us and we hope to deliver some good results for them.”

Former Sri Lanka player and Bangladesh Cricket Team, Strength and Conditioning Coach Mario Villavarayan has been working hard on the Squad’s fitness. “We are playing much more cricket than we used to say four years back, but we still don’t play as much cricket as say India or England or some of the others do so we have a bit of a cushion. We need to maximize what we have, to do that, the players have to understand what we are telling them, and in the past 4 years the players are approaching fitness the right way now. Because of my cricket background, I don’t just look after fitness, but I also help with the other skill work.  I help around with the bowlers and the throwing and things like that.”

Team practice schedule:

Thursday 13th September
1130 - 1230 Bangladesh Team Practice at ICCA
1400 – 1700 Pakistan Team 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
1330 - 1630 India Team Practice at ICCA
1400 - 1700 Pakistan Team Practice at ICCA
1800 – 2100 Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Teams Practice at ICCA

Saturday 15th September
1400 - 1700 Pakistan and Afghanistan Teams Practice at ICCA
1800 - 2200 India and Hong Kong Teams Practice at ICCA

Sunday 16th September
1400 - 1700 Sri Lanka and Afghanistan Teams Practice at ICCA
1800 - 2100 Bangladesh and India Teams Practice at ICCA

For Team media enquiries, contact:

Bangladesh
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Mario Villavarayen (Bangladesh Strength and Conditioning Coach)
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Sri Lanka
Name: Prasanna Rodrigo
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India
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Pakistan
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Afghanistan
Name: Stanikzai Lutfullah
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Hong Kong
Name: Jawaid Iqbal
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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
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Dubai Sports City
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Filed September 13th, 2018