Tigers upbeat

The first of the three-match series is set to take place at Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Hosts Bangladesh will look to better their track record in recent times taking on Afghanistan.

With the points for the ICC Super League at stake Bangladesh will aim to put their best on the field.

The points and maintain leadership in the table. Bangladesh, as of February 11 standings.

The second position in the table with eight wins and 80 points in 12 games.

England is at the top of the table with nine wins and 95 points in 15 games.

India and Ireland are at number three and number four with 79 and 68 points each respectively.

Bangladesh also has the opportunity to move at number six in the ICC ODI ranking if they can win.

The series 3-0 against the Asian oppositions. However, between Bangladesh and their ambitions.

Like any other opposition, Bangladesh too will worry about the spin bowling combination.

Afghanistan has with the likes of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi.

There is leg-spinner Mohammad Qais also in the squad.

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal however has put it out straight to the media.

The hosts are not overthinking about the Afghan spin threat, instead of looking forward to adapting.

Speaking at the pre-series media session at ZACS on Tuesday, left-handed opener Tamim wants.

To think more of having played well against them in the previous meets.

Tamim is making a comeback to the international fold since Bangladesh last played ODIs in July on a tour.

The hosts also have Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim back in the dressing room to boost.

With the ball, they will look up to Shakib and Mehidy Hasan Miraz for the spin with Taskin Ahmed.

In the selection – Bangladesh in the series has brought in a number of names.

That has recently performed in the other two formats of the games and has the option.

Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Ebadot Hossain and Nasum Ahmed.

Afghanistan on the other hand has played one ODI series this year – against the Netherlands.

The Afghans in Bangladesh are taken lightly since Bangladesh was put in misery in the 2014 Asia Cup.

They played a three-match ODI series in Bangladesh in late 2016 too but lost 2-1.

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