The Bangladesh Cricket Board is concerned about the travel schedule. Bangladesh is in Group B for the upcoming Asia Cup, along with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will co-host the 2019 Asia Cup. Pakistan will host four games, while Sri Lanka will host nine games, including the summit encounter. The competition will act as a warm-up for the ODI World Cup, which will be contested in India in October and November.
Jalal Yunus, chairman of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operation. Raised worry that the extra traveling required in the Asia Cup’s hybrid model may be taxing on the players. Bangladesh is in Group B, along with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. On August 31, they will fly to Sri Lanka for their first group-stage match against Dasun Shanaka’s men. Following that, on September 3, they will fly to Pakistan to face Afghanistan in their second group encounter.
If Bangladesh makes it to the Super 4s, they will play their first game in Pakistan, followed by all of their matches in Sri Lanka.
“Yes, we must travel to Lahore for the first match.” The first round has two matches. One in Sri Lanka and one in Pakistan. We have to leave because we can’t do anything else. The next match after August 31st is on September 3rd. To make the journey comfortable the Asia Cup authorities [ACC] has decided to travel the teams in chartered flights. We will travel by chartered planes. This is the responsibility of the Asian Cricket Council. Of course, we would like to travel by quality airline, if that is a national airline or a chartered plane definitely that would be good for everyone,” Yunus was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
If you travel certainly there will be an impact: Jalal Yunus
Jalal Yunus, who took over as cricket operations chairman from Akram Khan in 2021, stated that flying and arriving at airports two hours before flights could put players under mental stress. He did, however, accept that because other teams are fine with the schedule, Bangladesh would have to prepare as well.
If you travel, there will undoubtedly be an impact, which I sense because if you travel by flight, you will have to arrive two hours earlier and carry your bags, and preparing all of these things is mentally taxing. Pakistan is a long distance away from Sri Lanka. So there is nothing to be done because it is the ACC’s decision, and everyone is acting accordingly. “We must also accept it,” he said.
BCB is anticipated to release a preliminary team soon, since they will begin a training camp for the upcoming Asia Cup on July 31.