Ireland tour to be helpful for Tigers, says Mithun

Dhaka – Before heading to England and Wales for the World Cup, Bangladesh national cricket team will participate in a tri-series in Ireland against the hosts and West Indies.

Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun on Wednesday insisted that the Ireland tour will be a great opportunity for the Tigers to adopt the condition in the host countries.
 “As I know, the condition of Ireland is familiar to that of England. So, the matches in Ireland will be very helpful for us. West Indies will also take part in the series along with Ireland. Both of them are strong. I think we will have a great chance there to adapt the condition,” Mithun told media on Wednesday at Shre-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
 After coming home from New Zealand, Mithun played two matches in the ongoing Dhaka Premeir Division Cricket League (DPDCL) for the defending champions Abahani Limited, but left the rest matches due to a hamstring injury that he had sustained during the series there.
 In the ODI series against New Zealand, Mithun struck two back-to-back fifties, but failed to continue golden run later.
 “It was challenging to score in the wickets of New Zealand. We went there right after the Bangladesh Premeir League (BPL). The main challenge was to adapt to the condition. The onus was on me to do more… but I failed to do so. However, I tried to stay focused on my game,” Mithun said.

The right-handed middle-order batsman said he is about to start his fitness training ahead of the World Cup.

“I will start fitness sessions this week. I think fitness is most important to perform well in the middle. Despite having good skills, you will not be able to do anything if your fitness is not up to the mark,” Mithun further said.
 Mithun played a total of five Tests, 15 ODIs and 13 T20Is for the Tigers. He accumulated 360 runs in ODIs with four fifties and considered to be one of the most important players for Bangladesh in the upcoming World Cup.