Rain a concern for TigersStaff Correspondent
Persistent poor weather left the playing ground unprepared which is quite threatening to mar the tour as Bangladesh are eagerly waiting for the three-match Twenty20 series against Ireland, according to a message received in Dhaka on Friday.
The Tigers, during their first training session at the Stormont ground in Belfast, discovered much to their shock that the ground has remained sloppy largely due to the rain that has been pouring down for the last one month in the Northern Ireland capital.
The visitors had to be content with just some stretching followed some football in their first training session on Thursday as the centre wicket was in no condition for batting practice.
Bangladesh team manager Tanjeeb Ahsan Saad is concerned about the possibility of a proper training session before taking the field for their only warm-up match on July 16.
‘It had rained for the last one month and the ground is sloppy, so we are a bit concerned whether we can finish a complete session of cricket practice,’ Saad told New Age from Belfast over phone.
‘Though the sun had come up in the last two days still the ground and the wicket’s sustainability to hold a session remained to be seen,’ added Saad.
Bangladesh are in Ireland for a three-match T20 International series, beginning from July 18-21, as part of
their build up for the ICC World Twenty20 in September in Sri Lanka.
However, Saad said that it has not appeared very tough for the players to get acclimatised with the weather, a pre-tour major concern, as the cold is not as severe as it was apprehended.
‘It is cold, but it is not unbearable. In the night, though, it increases but as the day progresses it starts to decrease and the players are not having a hard time coping with it,’ said Saad.
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