Mashrafe optimistic about England’s tour to Bangladesh

Mashrafe optimistic about England’s tour to Bangladesh

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Dhaka  – Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza on Wednesday said he hopes England will keep up with their Bangladesh
tour for the ODI and Test series in October this year.“I personally hope that the tour will go ahead,” Mashrafe told reporter at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) in Mirpur.The training camp of Bangladesh’s 30-member preliminary squad for the England series started at SBNS on Wednesday.All the players, except Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, joined the camp on the first day.Shakib is currently away for playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for Jamaica Tallawahs while Mustafizur Rahman left for UK on Wednesday morning to join Sussex’s squad for the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast.“Cricket followers in Bangladesh have been waiting for a long time for a home series. Bangladeshi people love cricket, and they hope that England are coming for the tour. I am hopeful they (England) will come to hold on to the cricket culture,” the Narail express continued.“England had sent the team in the Under-19 World Cup…Bangladesh’s people respect cricketers. I don’t think there will be a problem.”In the wake of Gulshan terror-attack on July 1, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that it will follow government advice on whether the tour should go ahead as planned.England’s limited-over captain Eoin Morgan also expressed ‘big concern’ over security issue for the tour.Mashrafe said their job would be to focus on on-field activities while the BCB would tackle the security issue with the ECB. “There is still three months left, so I remain hopeful of the tour. We should keep focus on our fitness. BCB will take care of the rest.”Bangladesh started their camp without their strength-and-conditioning coach Mario Villavarayan who is away due to a ‘personal reason’.Mashrafe said, “We are not accustomed to working without Mario, but Iftekhar has been around for a long time. Mario told me what to do,and the players know what they have to do.”The England Cricket team is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on September 30 on a month-long tour to Bangladesh after six years to play a three-match ODI (Day-Night) and two-match Test series against the Tigers in Dhaka and Chittagong.

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