Bangladesh to take on Pakistan and India to warm-up for Champions Trophy
Bangladesh will take on neighbors India and Pakistan in practice games just before the ICC Champions Trophy.
Published - Apr 18, 2017 1:18 pm | Updated - Apr 18, 2017 1:18 pm
Bangladesh are preparing themselves rigorously ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to start in June in England. They depart for England on April 26 to take part in a 10-day training camp in Sussex.
Prior to the Champions Trophy, the Tigers will head to Ireland to play a tri-series against the hosts and New Zealand. This will be a great preparation for Bangladesh who are playing in the Champions Trophy after a gap of 11 years.
They last played the tournament in 2006 and were knocked out in the first round after they lost against West Indies and Sri Lanka. Since then though, Bangladesh’s cricket has improved immensely and it will be interesting to see how they go this time as they are no push-overs anymore.
Bangladesh will play two practice games in Sussex before the tri-series. Bangladesh Cricket Board’s operation committee chairman Akram Khan said that they are scheduled to play two practice games against Pakistan and India just ahead of the Champions Trophy to give enough match practice to the team in the UK conditions.
“We will play a tri-series in Ireland next month, Before that we will a 10 day camp in England. We will play two 50 over matches there, One of them will be against Sussex. We will get four matches to play in Ireland before taking part in the Champions Trophy. We will play two practice matches against India and Pakistan before the tournament starts”
By virtue of their solid showings in ODI cricket, the pinnacle was their qualification for the quarter-finals of the ICC World Cup 2015 for the first time in their World Cup history, Bangladesh managed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, something which the West Indies failed to do. The team’s fans are hoping for a good show by the cricketers this time around.
Bangladesh are placed in a very tough group which includes Australia, England, and New Zealand. They will have to play out of their skins to progress ahead in the tournament.
They will play at least 8 games in similar conditions before the competition starts in June. The team will have a week off just ahead of the championship, giving them enough time to recuperate.