"Once we boarded the plane we are only focused on our cricket. Now our main focus is to how we can play good cricket here. We have left all those things (security issues) in Bangladesh. We are looking forward to put up a good show here."
Bangladesh T20I captain
"Bangladesh have a good combination of youngsters and seniors and it will be a good competitive series. Their players have the advantage of having come here fresh out of the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League). The focus is to continue the number one ranking and we can hang on to that only if we win all three matches."
Pakistan T20I captain
Bangladesh T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad looks forward to putting up a good show against Pakistan, who will seek to hold onto the top spot in T20 world rankings, when the three-match T20I series gets underway today at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore.
If the host team loses just one of the three matches, they will slide to second position, behind England or India in rankings, after holding the top spot since January 2018. Pakistan will also want to show that the security situation has improved enough for the team to start regularly hosting international matches at home.
On the other hand, Mahmudullah said yesterday during the pre-match press conference that they were only focusing on cricket but had not experienced such strict security measures, the likes of which is present in Pakistan at the moment.
“I cannot say whether we are favourites or not but I am hopeful and I think it’s an opportunity for us to win a series in Pakistan with the next T20 World Cup coming up,” he said responded to a question.
Mahmudullah added that Pakistan are a good team and that their ranking speaks volumes about their quality. He added that his team’s ‘performance graph is quite good in recent times and hopefully Bangladesh will give Pakistan a good fight. Playing good cricket and beating Pakistan is our only motto’.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said Pakistan was under no pressure in the series against Bangladesh, despite the thrashing they received in the last T20 series against Sri Lanka at home in October last year.
“No there is no pressure for us because what is done is done but we will not try to repeat the same mistakes we did against the Lankans,” Babar said.
Babar made it clear that they were not taking Bangladesh lightly.