Champions Trophy: Bangla positive despite tough draw

Published: Monday, September 9, 2002, 21:29 [IST]
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Colombo: Bangladesh remains positive about the Champions Trophy cricket tournament starting on Thursday despite being drawn in the same group as world champions Australia and holders New Zealand. "We know that Australia and New Zealand are two tough teams. But we want to play positive cricket no matter what the outcome is," said coach Mohsin Kamal after the team's arrival here.Bangladesh is on its third visit to Sri Lanka in the past 13 months, having played an Asian Test championship match in August last year followed by a Test tour this July. Kamal, a former Pakistani fast bowler, said the experience of Sri Lankan conditions was important. "Every tour is a learning experience. Boys learn with every outing that they must be able to play longer innings in international cricket." He stressed that his spinners' performances would be key. "Alok Kapali and Mohamed Rafique are expected to do well," Kamal said. Mohamed Ashraful, the youngster who scored a century on his debut against Sri Lanka last year, said he was looking forward to the tournament. "Despite my Test century I am yet to make a 50 in One-dayers," the 18-year-old said. "I love playing in Sri Lanka and look forward to taking on the likes of Australian Glenn McGrath." Bangladesh plays Australia on September 19 before taking on the Kiwis four days later. The 12 teams have been divided into four groups with the top side from each group qualifying for the semi-finals. Bangladesh: Khaled Mashud (captain), Khaled Mahmud, Manjural Islam, Javed Omar, Habibul Bashar, Mazharul Haque, Mohamed Ashraful, Fahim Muntasir, Manjural Islam, Mohamed Rafique, Tushar Imran, Alok Kapali, Talha Jubair, Tapash Baisya. Coach: Mohsin Kamal.

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