This will be the first time that the Bangladesh team will be playing in the UAE and even though Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal says they don’t know what to expect in terms of pitches, he is banking on his experience of playing in the Pakistan Premier League in the UAE to do well in the Asia Cup 2018

Bangladesh open their campaign against Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh ranked higher than the Islanders and Tamim reckons they know the Sri Lankan side inside out.

“Our ex-head coach (Chandrika Hathurasinghe) was from Sri Lanka and we have played them a lot recently, so we know them inside out. But it depends on the day, whichever team who ticks most boxes will have the chance to win.”

Sri Lanka will open their Asia Cup 2018 campaign against Bangladesh in the tournament opener at the Dubai international Stadium, Dubai and allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva feels that no team can be taken lightly.

Personally, for the 27-year-old allrounder Asia Cup 2018 presents the opportunity to seal his place in Sri Lanka’s limited-over setup. He was left out of Sri Lanka’s ODI plans after the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, but made a return in the series against South Africa played three ODIs, in which he impressed scoring at an average of 41.33 and took two wickets.

A top-order player for is his domestic side, de Silva is yet to find a stable position in the batting line-up. He has mostly batted at No.6 and 7 during his short 20-ODI series, but he says that this his role has been defined with the team management hoping that the 27-year-old contribute both with the bat and ball.

“My coaches have been saying that I have to bowl a few more overs and bat through the innings. so I need to prepare for that and I am looking forward to it,” said de Silva, who has 459 runs at an average 27 in 20 ODIs to go with his six wickets.