Kapali bouyant about comeback

Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Promising Bangladesh middle-order batsman Alok Kapali hopes to get amongst the runs in the three-day tour opener against New Zealand in Savar.

The 20-year-old batsman, who was dumped for the ICC Champions Trophy held in England, following a slump in form, will captain the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI against the visiting Kiwis, which assumes importance considering that it is the only practice match before the first Test.

"It's a crunch game for all of us as we're are playing the Kiwis after the two disappointing One-day tournaments. It will be a huge morale-booster for all of us if we are able to fare well in this game as it would give us a lot of confidence and self-belief ahead of the opening Test," he said.

The young right-hander said New Zealand is a very strong team even without all-rounder Chris Cairns who has retired from Test cricket and injured speedster Shane Bond.

"They are still a good team sans Cairns and Bond. From our perspective, our main concern is our batting. We need to plug out all the batting loopholes in this game. Obviously, we hoping for runs from our top-order," he observed.

On his own batting form, Kapali was optimistic that he would get it right this time around.

"I'm pretty confident of getting back into form. I have been working hard on improving my batting technique with team specialist Owen Mottau and coach Dav Whatmore. Both have told me to dispense with playing the flick shot early in the innings and instead concentrate on playing straight," said Kapali, whose last Test match was against England in Chittagong in October 2003.

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