Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar said his national team is a step ahead than tri-nation tournament hosts Ireland while terming the Tigers have played as a unit for a longer period of time before adding ICC Champions Trophy is a very important event for him to put up his performance.
The 24-year-old left-handed batsman Sarkar while speaking to the media stated Bangladesh players have an understanding which equally plays a pivotal role in the formation of stronger team combination.
“We have a good understanding because we played together for a long time. So, we are ahead a step than Ireland,” Sarkar was quoted as saying by bdcrictime.com.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play the tournament alongside New Zealand and Ireland which will kickstart from May 12 in Dublin.
Prior to the Champions Trophy in England in June, Bangladesh would wrestle in three matches in 50-over format from May 12 to May 24.
The Satkhira-born Sarkar expressed his dissatisfaction over his performance in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. Sarkar scored 71, 53 and 61 runs in Test series for Bangladesh.
“I will try to do my job properly. Will also be able to overtake myself. I didn’t play that much well in Sri Lanka and hope to play well in the next tour,” Sarkar remarked, who is also the part of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
Bangladesh is placed seventh at the ICC points table with 92 rating points in One-day Internationals and they would find it a tough challenge against the formidable sides at the mega event which begins on June 1. Interestingly, Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in ODIs with two points.
Sarkar after the match between Prime Bank Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club said he has vowed to do well in the upcoming fixtures.
Since making his debut in 2014, Sarkar has played 23 ODIs in which he has scored 772 runs at an average of 38. He has also played seven Tests which include four half-centuries.