Tigers to play 1st ODI against England today
Staff Correspondent: The most awaited match between Bangladesh and England starts today afternoon at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. All types of safety measures have been taken ahead of England and Bangladesh matches.
ODI(One day International) skipper of Bangladesh National Cricket Team Mashrafi Mortaza has taken England as a hard opponent. As three of the important cricketers are not going to participate in the series, Mashrafe has revealed Bangladesh is not favourite against the touring England.
The Tigers will be looking for a seventh successive ODI series victory on home ground having defeated the likes of Pakistan, India, South Africa and Afghanistan recently.
They will be given a stiff test by a resurgent England in the three matches, the first of which gets under way in Dhaka today, even without the presence of limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales due to security issues.
Alex Hales, one of the English cricketers played an extraordinary innings off 171 runs against Pakistan in the last series. This is the highest innings of Hales in all of the ODI matches he played.
Joe Root, another dependable batsman of England team is rested for the Bangladesh series. He was adjudged ‘Players of the Series’ against Pakistan. England won the series against Pakistan by 4-1.
Mashrafe said, “At first I cannot say much before the match. All of the backup players are good enough, they are very much experienced. The structure of their domestic cricket is very well also. They are very much capable and good players.”
“We suffered slog over batting in the last series against Afghanistan. It might be better if our all best batsmen were not. Our batting lineup broke down in the second match. Our batsmen did not bat well in the last match. Only Mahmudullah played his innings positively. We could not give a good support to Mahmudullah,” he said.
“Adding 5-10 runs is a matter of hope for any matches in the last time. Of course we are thinking about this. We have to prove ourselves all of the places during the match. The places which were wrong that will be solved. The solved ones could be kept for the better one,” Mashrafe added.
Mortaza expressed his gratitude for England going ahead with the trip, adding: “I would like to thank the England team and the ECB obviously. The boys are very excited to play against England and I am expecting the series to be very good.”