6 April 2008
Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons is aiming an improved showing in the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan. Bangladesh have won only one ODI out of 18 encounters between the two sub-continent rivals.
A 15-man Bangladesh squad arrived Karachi on Sunday morning, just two days before the first ODI at Lahore, for five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match. Bangladesh were invited to fill the gap after Australia pulled off over security fears.
Bangladesh's Australian coach Jamie Siddons believes the ranking difference between the two teams should not play a crucial role in the outcome of the series.
"Pakistan are placed on number five in the ODI rankings and we are at number nine so we have to play better to overcome the gap," Siddons said.
"It's (rankings) not really a psychological barrier, we have given tough times to the best sides of the wold and Pakistan is one of the better teams.
"We got to stick to our plans regardless who plays for Pakistan and who doesn't. If Pakistan slips during the series we must take advantage of that."
Bangladesh coach also showered praise for his boys and hinted a bright future for the young Bangladeshi side.
"It should be a good series and we are happy and excited to be in Pakistan. We have a good mix and some players have potential to be world class players," Siddons added.
"I am looking forward to next two or three years. We will be a good side by then.
Bangladesh, fresh from a 3-0 series win over associate Ireland, have lost their last 10 ODIs against top 8 Test playing teams. However, Bangladesh's young captain Mohammad Ashraful was looking for more consistency in the series.
"Everyone says we are inconsistent but we would like to prove that wrong in this series."
The series opener in Lahore on April 8 will be followed by matches at Faisalabad (April 11), Lahore (April 13), Multan (April 16) and Karachi (April 19) before the Twenty20 international â€” also at Karachi on Aprl 20.
Bangladesh squad : Mohammad Ashraful (captain), Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Aftab Ahmed, Nazimuddin, Shariar Nafees, Shakib Al Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Dhiman Ghosh, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mahmudullah, Farhad Reza, Syed Rasel.