Monday, April 15, 2024

SL and Bangladesh dedicated to placing previous flare-ups behind them

Whereas Sri Lanka-Bangladesh clashes prior to now have often boiled over, each camps, a minimum of for now, anticipate little greater than a aggressive collection performed in the suitable spirit.

“I’m not fascinated about the previous,” Shanto stated on the eve of the primary T20I, in Sylhet. “I believe it is going to be a great collection. We’re doing every little thing we will to win this collection. I’m not feeling strain about our opponents. We’re targeted on what we’re doing. We need to do what we will management. Each worldwide collection has strain, and that is additionally true for our opponents. Everyone seems to be able to dealing with this strain. Like I consider that each one of our 5 or 6 bowlers might be match-winners.”

Silverwood, too, stated that he needed to overlook the previous and concentrate on the long run, notably Sri Lanka’s preparation for the T20 World Cup in June.

“Firstly, I anticipate this to be a really aggressive collection between two good sides,” Silverwood stated. “What occurred prior to now, for me, that is historical past. It is gone. I believe what we have now to do is, actually from our perspective, is focus on what’s in entrance of us and keep in mind what we’re aiming for. Clearly we are actually within the build-up in the direction of the World Cup. I believe all groups now are form of finalising their sides, their squads give an expertise, so in the end that is what it’s.

“We’re constructing as much as a World Cup, and it is nice that we have now such a great competitors in entrance of us to do this, nice collection to do this in. So, as I stated, I am anticipating a really thrilling collection. There’s some harmful gamers on each side. So I believe it will be good enjoyable. However as I stated, what’s occurred prior to now is historical past. It is about what’s in entrance of us now.”

However the English coach was fast to level out who he believes are the collection favourites.

“Effectively, clearly I will say Sri Lanka are going to be the favourites. However as I’ve already stated, there are two good groups that can each be pushing very arduous to win this collection. We’re all constructing as much as the World Cup now, so we need to begin ensuring that we’re taking part in high cricket going into that. In order I stated earlier than, I anticipate this to be very aggressive.”

Shanto, for his half, is trying ahead to his first collection after being named as Bangladesh’s everlasting captain in all three codecs. The workforce has completed nicely in T20Is within the final 12 months, together with residence collection wins in opposition to England, Eire and Afghanistan. They even received a T20I in New Zealand in December, for the primary time.

“We had a great yr in T20Is final yr. We’ve got improved on this format, and if we hold this up, we will do higher in any situations. I believe the 30-35 gamers who’re within the three codecs in whole, it is rather essential that all of them contribute to the workforce.

“We’ve got to play as a workforce. Everybody contributed to the workforce final yr. Whether or not we consider in one another, that is essential. It was all the time crucial that we performed T20Is simply after the BPL. It’s simpler for our planning as everyone seems to be taking part in on this format. I consider that we will win this collection,” he stated.

Shanto touched upon his challenges forward as the brand new captain, as he goals to construct relationships along with his gamers and training employees. He believes that the brand new duty won’t pull him down as a batter.

“It’s a difficult job however planning would not be too tough within the three codecs. I’ve to know each cricketer, though we spend time collectively whereas taking part in.

“It’s not as if I’ve to attain some further runs for being the captain. I’m a batter first, so my job is to attain runs for the workforce. I must do the identical once I was not the captain. I need to utilise the duty I’m given. I haven’t got to do numerous issues simply because I’m the captain.”

For Sri Lanka, Silverwood stated that the absence of bowling lynchpin Wanindu Hasaranga, who has been suspendeded for 2 matches for his outburst in opposition to an umpire, and Pathum Nissanka (hamstring harm) will give others a possibility to step up.

“Wanindu lacking two matches is one thing that we have now to take care of. He has accepted his punishment, and all we have now to do now’s transfer on. What it does do is create alternative for different individuals throughout the squad to get nice recreation time, main into the World Cup.

“Pathum is a giant loss. I imply, we have seen, actually within the final seven, eight months, he is turn into a really, very constant participant on the high of the order for Sri Lanka. And not too long ago we have seen some tremendous knocks from him, each in ODI cricket and in T20 cricket. The good factor is I do not assume Pathum might be too lengthy earlier than he is returning to us.

“He is a really priceless member of the squad and a really a lot revered member of the squad. So we’re trying ahead to getting again. However as I’ve stated earlier than, I imply, this additionally creates alternative for those who may not get that recreation time that could be required, clearly, for a World Cup. So, for me It may present another person with recreation time.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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