India tour ideal preparation for Australia - Nasir
Nasir Hossain, the Bangladesh allrounder, has said that Bangladesh A's upcoming series against India A will be ideal preparation for the home series against Australia in October. Nasir is one of 14 national players included in the Bangladesh A squad, who are scheduled to play three one-dayers and a three-day game against India A, as well as a three-day match against Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka.
"Doing well in India will keep us well prepared for the Australia series next month," Nasir said. "I think this is why there's a number of national team players in this team. We are going there to win the one-day series. It is better that we are playing the three-day matches in the latter part of the tour. After we play the two three-dayers, we play against Australia."
Expecting a tough opposition from India A, Nasir feels the tour will be helpful for the national players. "We have returned to training after a break. We will have a number of national team players in the side.
"This tour will be good for our individual performances. It will be harder because India A will not make it any easier for us. I feel it will be a good contest," he said.
After being dropped for the Zimbabwe series last year, for the first time in his international career, Nasir completed his comeback in all three formats in July this year when he was picked for the second Test against South Africa. He was unbeaten on 13 the end of the first day, but the rest of the game was rained off.
Nasir continued to stay in the limited-overs squads after he was picked for the World Cup, but did not spend a lot of time in the middle, the longest stretch being 44 balls against South Africa in the first ODI. Instead, his bowling flourished as Mashrafe Mortaza persisted with him in critical phases of one-day games.
He said that he does not have a personal target for the India tour but he will be looking to grab any chance that comes his way. "I played in the last Test so I don't really have to make a comeback. I play each match to perform. We have to play well in India. They are a strong side. We will be more focused in this tour.
"I don't have a personal target. I want to make use of any opportunity that comes up," he said.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84