Updated: Friday, 3rd July 2020 @ 7:20am

Lancashire seamer Kabir Ali returns to Bangladesh to finesse game plan and tactics ahead of season start

Lancashire seamer Kabir Ali returns to Bangladesh to finesse game plan and tactics ahead of season start

By Ross McLean

Globetrotting Kabir Ali aims to make a flying start to his Lancashire career and hopes a return to the Bangladesh Premier League will be perfect preparation ahead of his debut season.

The 32-year-old former Hampshire seamer revels in the thrills and spills of T20 cricket and will complete a second stint with Barisal Burners ahead of the English domestic campaign.

And Ali, a one-day double winner on the south coast last season, wants his Bangladesh adventure to be full of eastern promise and prove a positive for his new county.

“I’ve always loved playing Twenty20 cricket because it’s a great experience,” he told Lancashire's official website.

“You’ve got four to bowl and the guys are trying to smack you out of the park.

“There’s a bit more of a game-plan for the bowlers than there perhaps used to be. But it’s immense pressure.

“It’s a great journey for me and hopefully I can bring that to Lancashire. Hopefully we can do well this year.”

The Burners start their BPL campaign on Friday against Sylhet Royals with Ali set to play alongside West Indian hard-hitter Chris Gayle.

And the former England international hopes his spell in South East Asia will benefit the Red Rose, who are eyeing an assault on all fronts in 2013.

“It’s a great experience out there. You’re playing with and against some of the best players in the world,” he added.

“You can’t help but learn about and progress your own game from these senior batsmen and bowlers.

“It’s the end of January to mid-February, which means it’s not too far off the start of our season, which can only be good. Fingers crossed I do well and come back safe and sound.”

The ex-Worcestershire bowler has been training with his new team-mates since November and admits to loving life in the north-west.

And even at the relatively ripe old age of 32 concedes he can still learn from the likes of Lancashire stalwart Glen Chapple.

Although he is keen to pass on some of his own tricks of the trade to the fresh crop exciting Lancashire youngsters.

“When you look at somebody like Glen Chapple leading the side, he is the one we follow,” he said.

“If I can learn something from him and the youngsters can learn a bit off me, then hopefully we will do well and win a trophy.”

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