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'We have to look forward'

Former Bangladesh captain and BCB director Khaled Mahmud Sujon requested everybody to keep faith in the team, which was announced yesterday for the ICC World Cup.

"What happened has happened, now we have to look forward. We must focus on  tomorrow rather than what happened yesterday," Mahmud, the team director, told reporters this afternoon at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport prior to their departure for India.

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"I request everybody to keep faith in this team. We have a very exciting team with a blend of youth and experience. We have a dream and we have to materialise it. I believe everybody will try their best to uplift the image of the country," he added.

The Tigers will play two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and England on September 29 and October 02, respectively, in Guwahati before their World Cup opener against Afghanistan on October 7.

Mahmud believes the two warm-up matches will help the team tune up well before the tournament proper.

The former skipper also said that he had last talked with Tamim Iqbal during the BPL draft on Sunday where the batter shared his condition regarding fitness.

"What he told me is that he has pain and said he should play by managing it. And he also said he would let the team management and board know about his condition."