Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah said that they need to adapt the hot and humid condition quickly in order to deliver in the Asia Cup at United Arab Emirates from September 15. Bangladesh reached UAE on September 9 in order to get them acclimatize with the weather and condition as that is certainly much more humid than what they are used to back home.
"At the moment it is quite humid, but as professional players we have to be able to adapt to conditions and embrace the situation that comes our way and we have to take it further on a positive note." said Mahmudullah ahead of their rigorous training session at t Dubai Sports City's ICC Academy.
Bangladesh, who are placed in Group B alongside Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, will take on Lankans in the opening game of the tournament. Mahmudullah added that they are taking inspiration from the fact that they were able to earn some positive results against the Islanders in the past. "I think we have got some good past memories against Sri Lanka from a few months back,'' said Mahmudullah.
''Sri Lanka is a very good team, and they are playing very good cricket and we have to be at our best to beat them,'' he said adding that Tigers are well prepared to take the challenge. ''We have been preparing quite well back at home.
So hopefully we can deliver,'' he added. Mahmudullah, who is known for his ability to showcase his talent in big tournaments, said that he is working hard to get some record straight in tournament without complicating his game plan.
"I will try (to set some new records) it always feels good to contribute to the team if the team is winning it feels even better. I will try to keep it simple and try and contribute as much as I can. To be honest I think all the teams are playing very good cricket at the moment, every team is very important and we can't afford to be relaxed, and we need to take it game by game so that we can do well in the first stage."
Mahmudullah said that the expatriate that are living in UAE will be giving them extra motivation to perform. "Hopefully we are going to get a really good crowd here because plenty of Bangladeshis live here, and we hope they will come out and support us and we hope to deliver some good results for them,'' said Mahmuduallah.
Bangladesh can relived a sigh of pain as Sakib al Hasan joined the team and working hard to get fit before the tournament with some high intensive workout. Sakib, who had a fitness issue looked to be in no sort of discomfort during the training session according to former Sri Lanka player and Bangladesh Cricket Team, Strength and Conditioning Coach Mario Villavarayan.
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