Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan Papon has gone to the United Arab Emirates with the national team for this year's Asia Cup. Besides, there are some other directors of the board with him. Papon watched the opening match of the tournament with the team players at the team hotel on Saturday.
Afghanistan started the tournament with a great 8-wicket victory by crushing the host country Sri Lanka. Papon also watched the match while meeting the players at the team hotel. BCB president is worried about his team after seeing such aggressive cricket in Afghanistan.
However, Papon clarified that he is not afraid of any team. After meeting the team at the team hotel, he told the journalists present, "I came to meet all the team members." The game (Afghanistan-Sri Lanka) was also watched. In fact, I am worried about my team.
Papon also said, "I have always said that Afghanistan cannot be underestimated. They are very strong in T20. But every one of our players felt strong and confident. We are not afraid of anyone, that is the big thing. We want to win the first match. In order to be in a good position in the tournament.
BCB president commented that not only Afghanistan, but all the teams in the tournament are good. The Tigers will start their journey with a match against Afghanistan on Tuesday. If we win this match, Papon thinks it is possible to win the future matches as well.
He commented, 'Every team is good. Every match is important for us. Now that our first match is against Afghanistan, we are focusing on that. If we want to win this, then we will win with Sri Lanka too, we will win all of them, God willing.
Meanwhile, Afif Hossain Dhruv has been named as Shakib Al Hasan's vice-captain for the Asia Cup through an official statement on Saturday night. BCB president said that if wicketkeeper batsman Nurul Hasan Sohan was fit, this responsibility would have fallen on his shoulders.
He said, 'Yes, Afif was given the vice-captaincy today (Saturday). But only for the Asia Cup. Sohan was before us. He is not in the team now. We are thinking of giving this vice-captain in every format. So today it has been announced for the Asia Cup.