‘Players know they have to perform’

Bangladesh

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha is happy that the Asian team have grown enough depth in almost all their positions, saying players now know they have to perform if they want to stay in the side.

The Tigers have enjoyed a fruitful year especially in ODI cricket where they reached the World Cup quarter finals and had first ever home series wins over Pakistan, India and South Africa.

Added to the good results is the emergence of younger players playing a key role in the side meaning the team does not rely on one or two individuals to score the runs and take wickets.

The emergence of fast bowlers, both 20 years-old, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed, has added much needed depth to the Bangladesh attack while Soumya Sarker is now established at the top of the batting order.

Hathurusingha said: "Having an internal competition is a good thing. Players know they have to perform. Sportsmen are driven by challenges. The guys coming in are capable of doing a job. We are in a good situation in that regard.

"There's no meter to see complacency and there's no complacency in our team. They are playing for the national team. No one is taking things for granted.

"There's a lot of competition for the places. Whoever is taking things lightly, it will be a very dangerous situation."

The Tigers will host Zimbabwe in three ODIs and two T20s with the first ODI scheduled for Mirpur on Saturday.

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