Young Saif sings the same old song as seniors | The Daily Star
04:34 PM, April 15, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:39 PM, April 15, 2021

Young Saif sings the same old song as seniors

Even though players end up blaming 'clearness of the sky' for poor fielding after a series or talk about 'lack of preparation time' following completion of abysmal away tours, Bangladesh players, however, very rarely have any kinds of problems ahead of any series. 

In fact, talking up the 'excellent preparation' and having realisation of the necessity of 'scoring runs' ahead of any series have become a trend of Bangladesh players, coaches and the team management. 

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But somehow, the Tigers fail to live up to their words -- at least that's what their recent outings suggest. The Tigers lost 2-0 in Tests against West Indies at home before being whitewashed in both ODIs and T20Is away to New Zealand. 

A 21-member preliminary squad of Bangladesh are currently on a two-Test tour to Sri Lanka. The Tigers had their first practice session at Katunayake today following completion of their mandatory three-day room-quarantine in Negombo. 

The Mominul Haque-led side will play an inter-squad warm-up match at Katunayake on April 17 and 18, following which the final squad will be announced ahead of the first of the two-match Test series beginning on April 21 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. 

While it's mostly senior players like Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul who talk about the necessity of 'adjusting to conditions' and 'understanding the pitch' during a tour, this time, it was fairly a junior member of the squad who walked on the same line as the seniors as he spoke to the media through a BCB-recorded video message after today's practice session. 

"The practice match [an inter-squad warm-up match at Katunayake] that we have is very important as that is our way to adapt to the weather here. We will also get an idea about the wicket through this practice match," said the 22-year-old opener Saif Hassan.  

Saif, who is yet to cement his place in the squad, also realised the importance of putting up a good total.  

"Batsmen who will get set [at the crease] must score big. If we get to put up a big score then it would be helpful for the team," Saif reiterated. 

As it seems, like always, the realisation and awareness are there from the players. But will all these talks and consciousness be reflected when the Tigers take the field against Sri Lanka?

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