The chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Minhajul Abedin, has said a defeat in the warm-up is nothing to be worried about.
The Bangladesh national cricket team is playing two warm-up matches ahead of the T20 World Cup which is set to begin in Oman on October 17.
On Tuesday, Bangladesh played their first warm-up match against Sri Lanka and lost by four wickets.
“It can happen in warm-up matches,” Minhajul told the media on Wednesday while inaugurating a World Cup news-related website in Dhaka. “We experiment many things in warm-up matches. So this is not a big deal.”
According to Minhajul, the Bangladesh team will be able to prepare well before the World Cup takes the field.
“It’s a good luck that we are playing a few practice matches ahead of the World Cup. I believe that we can prepare ourselves well ahead of the main event starts. We also have another practice match on October 14, I hope we can do well,” Minhajul told the media.
In the second official warm-up match, Bangladesh will take on Ireland at Abu Dhabi on October 14. After that, the Tigers will fly back to Oman and start their World Cup campaign with the match against Scotland on October 17.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad missed the first warm-up match due to a back injury, but he is expected to play the second match against Ireland. Mustafizur Rahman, fresh from IPL, is also expected to play in this match.
In Round 1 of the World Cup, Bangladesh will face Scotland, Oman and Papua New Guinea. If the Tigers can win two matches, they will advance to the Super 12s of the World Cup and join the teams like India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan.