Bangladesh wins toss and decides to bat against England
CRICDOT DESK : Bangladesh have decided to bat after winning the toss against England in their first match in the mission to retain their title in the Under-19 World Cup. The match will start at Warner Park in St. Kitts, West Indies at 7 pm Bangladesh time.
Though Bangladesh has been seen as a ‘dark horse’ in the Youth World Cup for so long, everyone’s thoughts have changed after winning the title in the last edition held in South Africa. Junior Tigers are seen as one of the favorites of this year’s event. Bangladesh’s two batsmen Nowroz Nabil and Aich Mollah are seen as potential stars of the tournament. However, due to Corona, Bangladesh could not prepare as well as last time. However, captain Rakibul Hasan is satisfied with the preparation. He is confident that the Tigers will do well again if they can play according to their ability. He also believes that they will go north because of their experience, even if they do not have a long preparation.
There are four members of the last World Cup winning squad in this team. However, Nowroz Nabil and Mehroob Hasan were in the squad but did not get a chance to play. Captain Rakibul and pace all-rounder Tanjim Hasan Shakib are sharing their experience of winning the title last time with everyone in the team. All-rounders are the biggest strength of the Bangladesh team this time. The team’s spinners could become important against England.
However, the Tigers will face a tough test against England. The English are coming down with a strong batting line under the leadership of captain Tom Prest. A few days ago, Tom Prest scored a triple century for Hampshire’s second XI. Barbados-born all-rounder Jacob Bethhel is also a reliable star of the team. Fast bowler Sonny Bach could be a threat to the Tigers’ batting line-up. He was the highest wicket-taker in the 4-2 series win over the Windies last September.
The match against England will be telecast live on Gazi TV. Rabbithole will also stream the match against Canada on January 20. The match with the Emirates will not be watched live.
Mahfizul Islam, Ariful Islam, Prantik Nowroz Nabil, Aich Mollah, Mohammad Fahim, Abdullah Al Mamun, Meherab, Ashikur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan, Naimur Rahman, Ripon Mandal.
George Thomas, Jacob Bethel, Tom Prest, James Reo, William Laxton, George Bell, Alex Horton, James Sales, Thomas Espiol, Fateh Singh, Joshua Bowden.