Not only did Comilla Victorians’ West Indian bowler Matthew Forde lose by five wickets to Durdanto Dhaka in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) opener, but he is also dealing with a number of other challenges in the nation.
Forde is still adjusting to the present low temperatures in Dhaka, as the Barbados cricketer said that he has been caught aback by the frigid weather since arriving in the nation to compete in the 10th season of the BPL.
The 21-year-old, who gave 25 runs from four overs in their first game, is also dealing with a disturbed sleep routine as he adjusts to a new time zone.
“The first thing I have to learn is how to get some sleep. I haven’t gotten any sleep in a few days, which is difficult given my time zone. It’s a new task, and I’m having to adjust here in Asia,” Forde remarked yesterday.
“It is really different from the Caribbean. I was surprised to see myself wearing three coats when I arrived here. But I’m glad to be here. Experiencing the culture is one thing, and I said it wasn’t easy. I haven’t acclimated to the [types of] cuisine [in Bangladesh], but I’m getting there,” he said.
The right-arm seamer, who made his T20I debut for the West Indies against England last month, sees this BPL experience as a challenge and hopes to use it on his next trip to Bangladesh with the national team.
“It doesn’t matter where I am; as long as I’m playing cricket, I’m happy, and this is a new challenge for me since it’s my first time in Bangladesh. So I’m getting acclimated to the conditions since I may be returning here with the West Indies squad shortly. So I’m excited about any challenge that comes my way,” he remarked.