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Campher banking on BPL experience for Bangladesh tour

Published : 14 Mar 2023 09:39 PM

Ireland all-rounder Curtis Campher feels his experience in the Bangladesh Premier League, country's lone franchise-based T20 tournament, will help him in the upcoming series against Bangladesh. Ireland reached Bangladesh on March 12 to play a full fledged series comprising three ODIss and as many T20Iss along with a lone Test match.

While Campher featured for Chattogram Challengers, his international skipper Andrew Balbirnie turned out for Khulna Titans. According to Campher, his experience in Bangladesh will come in handy as he's already seen the best of both worlds of playing in this part of the country. In 2020, Campher toured Bangladesh with Ireland A where he got to play day games while BPL provided the experience of featuring in evening fixtures.

"Obviously it will help, playing in the BPL. We came in 2020 following the Covid pandemic (with Ireland A team) and most of the games were day games. Now having night games (in BPL) and it's like having two bites of the cherry and kind of experiencing all conditions here you know," Campher told Cricbuzz.

"During the day it spins a bit more and in the night dew come in as a factor. I have seen how surfaces react at different times of the day, and its very beneficial for me," he said

"We experienced conditions in two different cities and slightly different conditions in each place, you know. It's good for us and as a player it helps to grow to challenge myself in different conditions," he said.

Campher also reckoned playing straighter will be the key to success on surfaces that won't afford too much bounce for the bowlers, taking out the prospect of using the horizontal bat and targeting areas square of the wicket.

"Definitely (difficult playing strokes square the wicket because the bounce is less). Whenever you go to foreign environment, you try to adapt your game and that's international cricket" said Campher.