No special camp for Tigers in Australia

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will not
arrange any special camp for the Tigers in Australia, considering their
hectic schedule ahead of the T20 World Cup.

The week-long preparation camp was supposed to be set up in Adelaide to aid
the national team to acclimatize with the Australian condition. But in a
latest move, the BCB backed out from the decision.

Bangladesh will play a tri-nation series in New Zealand in the first week of
October, where Pakistan are the other team. From there, they will move
Australia directly.

Bangladesh’s World Cup mission will start from October 24.

Beforehand, they will also play two warm-up matches where Bangladesh’s
opponents are Afghanistan (October 17) and South Africa (October 19). Mainly
because of these two practice matches, Bangladesh’s week-long camp won’t be
held as the team management believes the more practice session along with the
warm-up matches will make the players exhausted.

“Due to the tri-nation series and the two ICC warm-up matches, the cricketers
will be playing continuously,” Cricket Operations Chairman Jalal Younus said
here today.

“There is no opportunity to camp during this time. We want to use the
opportunity to play matches instead of practice. This will give the
cricketers a chance to prepare better.”

The World Cup will be held in Australia from October 16. Bangladesh will play
the World Cup directly unlike the previous edition where they had to play the
qualifying round. They are drawn in Group-2, where they will get Asian
powerhouses India and Pakistan, the ever consistent South Africa and the two
teams, qualifying from the first round.

Bangladesh will start their World Cup mission on October 24, taking on the
runners-up of Group-A in Hobart. Their second match is against South Africa
in Sydney on October 27 after which they will face off Group-B champions at
the Gabba in Brisbane on October 30. Bangladesh then will take on
subcontinent powerhouse India on November 2 and Pakistan on November 6.
Adelaide will host both of the matches.

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