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Tigers to seek 'opportunities' against England Lions





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Bangladesh pace-bowling coach Ottis Gibson has urged the Bangladesh bowlers not to panic against England on Wednesday's T20 World Cup match in Abu Dhabi.

Ottis advised the bowlers to play their best and stick to the plans ahead of the game and said the opponents would offer chances to pick up wickets.

"We have to be on our A-game if we want to challenge them and ultimately win the game. We know that England are a very powerful batting line-up. The key is to be accurate with what we deliver, and back ourselves. We know they will come out hard, but they also give you chances,” said Gibson.

"The message is not to panic. Understand that you will get hit off a good ball. That's their mentality. But they also give you opportunity to take wickets. We must be calm to execute our skills and plans, and considered about every ball we bowl,” he said.

Bangladesh have dropped six catches in the tournament so far, however, the bowling coach backed the players stating misfielding can occur under pressure.

"One or two catches get dropped in every cricket match. Obviously, when the catches play a part in the result, it is highlighted more but we do a lot of catching practice. When the guys are out in the middle under pressure, mistakes like catches going down happen. I won't say it is a concern,”

Gibson said that the coaching staff had been fully supportive of Liton, who has also been in the poor form with the bat, he also dropped two crucial catches against Sri Lanka.

"He is one of our best fielders. The fact that a couple of catches went down doesn't diminish what he contributes to the team. Of course, anybody can drop a catch. It is highlighted because those catches, you can argue, contributed to the result," Gibson said.

"He has been one of our key players for a while. The reality is that any other fielder in that position could have dropped those catches as well. We remind him of his quality, and that he is a key player for us. We support the player, whether it is Liton Das or any other player," he added.