Warm-up game very important: Taskin

Bangladesh will begin their tour against India with a warm-up game against India A at the Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad.

Considering that the Tigers have just returned from a long tour of New Zealand, the two-day warm-up game against the second-string Indian team will be a good chance for them to readjust to the sub-continental conditions.

For pacers like Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi, the warm-up game will be especially important because they potentially have to readjust their line-and-length on the Hyderabad wicket.

That was an aspect that Taskin focused on while speaking to reporters at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad earlier today.

“The wicket is pretty different from New Zealand. The subcontinent wickets, not only India, tend to be flat and good for batting and there is a bit of turn as well. We have to think and adjust ourselves, especially the fast bowlers.

The length will be a bit different from New Zealand and we also have to use variations. We are working on it, let’s hope we can execute it,” said Taskin.

“Actually, tomorrow’s match is very important. In New Zealand, length balls carried to the keeper quite easily. It could be different here. We will get a lot to learn from the practice match,” he added.

Traditionally, the Hyderabad wicket hasn’t entertained swing bowlers. Bowlers who can reverse the ball though have managed to extract a bit.

Regardless, Taskin was confident of doing well. Bangladesh began training at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at ten am today.

Aside from working on their skills, they also had different fielding sessions, courtesy of their assistant coach Richard Halsall.

The slip cordon, which dropped a number of catches during the New Zealand series, was seen working hard with Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Imrul Kayes more focused than usual.

The team for tomorrow’s practice match hasn’t been announced as yet, however, it is likely that Bangladesh will make their main players play in the game in order to give them as much experience as possible. The warm-up game will take place from February 5 to 6.

The one-off Test match will begin at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on February 9.

source: Daily star