Thursday 19 June 2008 

Bangladesh Coach Siddons Calls For Consistency

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons has once again called on his side to show some consistency as they prepare for the Asia Cup in Pakistan.

Bangladesh, who beat India and South Africa in last year's World Cup in the Caribbean, have not beaten a Test-playing nation since.

"The players haven't done it yet," Australian Siddons told a news conference in Dhaka on Thursday, referring to his team's inconsistency. "I am hoping that this tournament (Asia Cup) will be where we do that."

The Bangladesh side face the United Arab Emirates on June 24th and Sri Lanka on June 25th in Lahore before the top two sides in Group A progress to the next stage of the tournament, where they will almost certainly meet Pakistan and India.

"Against UAE ... it is a game that I think we will win. And then Sri Lanka is a team which we can beat if we play to the best of our ability," Siddons added.

"Whether we will win after the first round I am not sure, but I am looking forward putting our best game together."

India and Pakistan both beat Bangladesh comfortably in the recent Kitply Cup tournament which Bangladesh hosted as a warm-up for the Asia Cup, Pakistan going on to defeat India by 25 runs in the final.

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