Lahore: Mahmudullah Riyad, captain of the Bangladesh team is happy to be back in Pakistan for the three T20I series at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and is not thinking about the security too much as they have left those things in Bangladesh before arriving in Pakistan.
“There will be no worries regarding the security as we left those things in Bangladesh before we boarded. It feels great to be back here and we are looking forward to putting up a good show against a quality T20 side of Pakistan,” Mahmudullah said at the presser after the unveiling of the series trophy along with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam.
Bangladesh are at the number ninth side in the ICC T20 team rankings but the 33-year-old is not worried about the rankings as the side is performing well lately.
“Ratings does not matter currently, we are not thinking about that. Our performance graph has improved lately. We know Pakistan is a really good T20 side and it shows in the rankings too,” he added.
All-rounder denied that in the absence of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib-ul-Hasan, the team is inexperienced and clarified that the youngsters are ready to take the opportunity.
“We got very good young players performing in the domestic cricket and in the recently concluded BPL. Experience wise me, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rehman, Rubel Hossain who is making a comeback so there are no queries regarding experience,” he maintained.
The right-handed batsman is not thinking about the exclusion of Mohammad Amir and Wahab as other Pakistan pace bowlers included will be good too.
“Amir and Wahab are very good bowlers but Pakistan have other bowlers in the absence of them so we are prepared for that too,”
“Best of luck to Haris Rauf for his debut series,” He wished Haris for his selection after great performances in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL).
“The side is not thinking about the future arrivals in Pakistan, once we go back we can clearly tell how it feels but currently we are focusing on the three T20Is only,” he concluded.
It must be noted that Bangladesh arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday night. The visitors will take part in the practice session today and the first match will be played tomorrow at 2.00 pm.