Asia Cup starts todayStaff Correspondent
The four Asian cricketing giants begin their rivalry for continental glory from today with Pakistan facing hosts Bangladesh in the opening match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The cricketing corridors in Bangladesh took a festive look again in less than two weeks after the Bangladesh Premier League ended as all the Asian Test-playing teams are now in town with India being last team to set their feet.
With no clear favourties in the biennial tournament, Pakistan have the opportunity to seize the momentum as they are pitted against Bangladesh, arguably the weakest side in the tournament, in their opener.
While India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka all won the tournament at least once in the past, Bangladesh are the only side never to have won a game against the ‘big three’ despite being a regular participant since 1986.
It, however, did not change Misbah’s attitude towards his opponents in the opening match as he is aware of the damage that the home side can cause to his unpredictable Pakistan.
‘It is really a mistake to call any team “weak” and we don’t want to make that mistake. Bangladesh are always a difficult opposition at their home, on a given day they can just upset you.
‘So we are not really thinking like that, we have
to put in our hundred percent and come hard if we want to win this match,’ said Misbah.
Misbah led Pakistan brilliantly in last one-and-a-half years, winning six one-day series consecutively, but they stumbled before coming here as they were whitewashed in the one-day series by England in the UAE.
The sub-continental pitches are always quite similar to each other and the loss in the UAE
might affect the Pakistanis as well, but Misbah
thinks otherwise as, according to him, Dhaka has a totally different wicket than UAE’s.
‘I don’t think it is similar to the UAE pitches, it’s totally different. A typical Dhaka wicket which looks a bit different from the strips we normally have because of some grass on the wicket,’ he said.
Sakib al Hasan was the name for concern, the last time these two sides met, for the Pakistani tent and Misbah says that it’s not only Sakib, but they are wary of all the other players as well.
‘Of course he is the main player [Sakib], so we are focussing on him and we are focusing on all the other players, you can’t just focus on one player in the opposition.
‘It’s a team of 11; anybody can come and make good contribution. For a team you have to have a plan against everybody,’ added Misbah.
The world number one all-rounder, whose act will be a concern for the opponents, himself says that
they are confident of putting up a good show against Pakistan despite a poor performance in their last meeting.
‘We know we didn’t play well against Pakistan recently when we had a series against them but this is another tournament and the boys are confident,’ said Sakib.
An upbeat Sakib believes they are capable of winning against the big teams and is hopeful of a positive result in the tournament.
‘I believe we have the ability to do well against any big team and we have proved that time and time again. I am hopeful that we can do it again in this tournament,’ he added.
comments powered by Disqus
A large number of Jahangirnagar University teachers teamed up as Shikkhak Samaj on Saturday confined the vice-chancellor, Shariff Enamul Kabir, to his residence on the campus in protest at illegal appointment of additional teachers. Full story
The four Asian cricketing giants begin their rivalry for continental glory from today with Pakistan facing hosts Bangladesh in the opening match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Full story
No initiative has yet been taken to set up a cell in the Supreme Court to monitor the implementation of the verdicts and orders issued by the court on public interest litigations even 11 years after the delivery of a High Court verdict... Full story
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has reiterated that there is no doubt that Khaleda Zia took money from Pakistani intelligence, ISI, during the 1996 and 2001 general elections. Full story
The acting Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Saturday accused the government of waging an undeclared war on the people by unleashing a reign of terror and employing... Full story
Front and associate organisations of the Awami League will start gathering on the streets from daybreak on March 12, the day the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance is scheduled to hold its ‘Dhaka march’ programme. Full story
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia was irked by the news that Jamaat-e-Islami has printed posters with photographs of its top leaders arrested on war crimes charges and instructed the party leaders to... Full story
Pakistan’s powerful military establishment is under rare scrutiny from the country’s top court, which after a gap of 16 years has opened an investigation into allegations the army funnelled money to politicians to influence elections. Full story
Business communities have expressed concern over the growing tension between rival political camps fearing that the situation could lead to political instability and badly affect the economy. Full story
Hundreds of farms across the country have closed down in the a few days to avoid contamination of birds from diseases including bird flu, ranikhet disease, also known as Newcastle disease, and cholera. Full story
Biman Bangladesh Airlines sought the government’s permission to raise the air fare for hajj pilgrims for what it said the fluctuating fuel price. Officials said that the government would take a decision on the issue today. Full story
Australian floods have inundated close to 2,000 homes in New South Wales, an official said Saturday, as the surging waters appeared to claim the life of a man in the state’s north. Full story
At least 30 workers were injured when an under-construction building at a rental power plant collapsed on late Saturday afternoon at Katakhali, just outside the Rajshahi City Corporation area. Full story
Pakistan has banned Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat, the largest Islamic extremist group in the troubled country, as part of its fight against terrorism that has plagued the Islamic nation’s security and economy. Full story
Sheikh Rehana, the younger daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, formally returned to the Dhanmondi house allotted to her in 2001 to the government on Saturday evening. Full story