Cricket: Confident of performing well, says Oman skipper
Oman T20 team captain and allrounder Ajay Lalcheta is known to be a good student of the game. His experience and smart thinking has played handy on many occasions when Oman has tasted success in the past.
Ahead of the Quadrangular T20I Series, which involves Test-playing nation Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands, starting on Wednesday, Lalcheta expressed confidence in his team to perform well at home.
Oman takes on Ireland in its opening match at Amerat on Wednesday, starting at 1.45pm. Scotland and Netherlands kick-start the series with the opening game at 9.15am.
“We are ready and have had good preparations for the tournament. We are confident of performing well. We would like to exploit the home conditions as we have better knowlege of it,” Lalcheta said on Monday.
Lalcheta admitted that though his team will 'miss the services of regular captain Zeeshan Maqsood and strokeful Aqib Ilyas', the team has a good balance to make up for their absence. “We will certainly miss our two main players (Zeeshan and Aqib) but we have got quality players as their replacements,” he said.
The skipper said all the teams were strong. “In this format, it is all about momentum and playing smart cricket. We feel we can win against any side on our day,” he said.
The four-nation tournament, to be supervised by ICC officials and covered by cutting-edge Hawk-Eye technology, will be followed by a three-match ODI series between Oman and Scotland at the same venue on February 19, 20 and 22.
Oman umpires for Quadrangular series
Two senior Oman umpires - Rahul Asher and Vinod Babu - will join ICC officials to officiate the Quadrangular T20I Series.
Graeme Labrooy, former Sri Lankan Test player, has been named as the ICC match referee while Ahsan Raza of Pakistan will be the ICC umpire.