The runner-up in the previous edition of Asia Cup, Bangladesh wants to start the tournament with a big and eventually their experienced campaigner Tamim Iqbal sheds light on the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 with his eyes set on super four for the Tigers.
Bangladesh team is in the Group B with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. They are scheduled to lock horns against Sri Lanka on September 15 and then they will face Asghar Stanikzai-led Afghanistan on September 20th.
We have to qualify for second round of Asia Cup: Tamim Iqbal
The stylish southpaw added that they don’t want to push themselves into the tourney with an eye of the final. He feels that it might project the lack of vision on the tourney. Tamim wants to go on step by step.
Iqbal explained that their initial target is to reach second round first while playing a brand of cricket. He added that both teams are the best like many other International teams in the circuit.
“We have to qualify for second round of Asia Cup. This is our initial target in the tournament. If we think to play final or get the trophy right now, it will not be a clear-eyed thinking. If we want to see ourselves in the second round, we have to win the first couple of matches in the group phase. So the first two matches are more important to us than thinking of playing the final or getting the trophy,” Tamim Iqbal said.
“There is no team in Asia Cup that we never played against. We played against all of them and we beat them also in our day. We hope to play according to our strength and have memorable result in the Asia Cup,” added the Bangladesh southpaw while speaking to reporters at Dhaka.
A six-team event:
The upcoming Asia Cup 2018 will see six teams locking horns to seal the title. Five teams out of six are the test playing nations while the remaining slot will be filled by an associate side.
The participators for the qualifiers are the host Malaysia, UAE, Singapore, Nepal, Oman and Hong Kong. The winner of the qualifiers will join the defending champions India and Pakistan in the Group A.