Asia Cup 2018: Important to Start on Winning Note, Says Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza. (Getty Photographs)

Bangladesh will share Group B with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan within the upcoming Asia Cup and captain Mashrafe Mortaza desires his staff to start out their marketing campaign on a successful notice.The event can be performed in United Arab Emirates from 15 to 28 September, with Bangladesh taking up Sri Lanka in Dubai within the event opener.

“I believe each staff is a risk for us,” Mortaza mentioned on Thursday after the staff’s follow in Dhaka.

“In case you have a look at the bowling energy of Afghanistan and all-round efficiency of the Sri Lankans, something can occur. So, for us, the opening recreation is an important. If we are able to do properly within the opening recreation now we have an opportunity to progress additional within the event.”

Every group has three groups. Group A comprise of conventional powerhouses India and Pakistan together with qualifier Hong Kong. Given the competitors, there’s little or no margin for error, and for Bangladesh the health of ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is of utmost significance.

It should get difficult for the Tigers if they will’t get previous Sri Lanka as a result of their subsequent opponent Afghanistan beat them 3-Zero in a Twenty20 Worldwide collection earlier within the 12 months in Dehradun.

Whereas the format within the Emirates just isn’t the identical, the specter of Afghanistan’s star spinners Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi is well-known.

“If we are able to win the opening match we’re certain it’s going to assist us to deal with Rashid and Mujeeb a lot better,” mentioned Mortaza of the sport in Abu Dhabi on 20 September. “But when do not do properly within the opening recreation, it is going to be even twice as troublesome to beat them. The primary recreation will set the tone for us.”

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes has executed what he may to guard his staff in that side as they’ve introduced wrist-spinners to the nets through the camp in a bit to get battle-ready.

“I do not suppose there is a concern issue,” Rhodes mentioned. “We introduced Likhon [Jubair Hossain] and Tanbir [Hayder] within the nets. Rishad [Hossain] is within the Beneath-19s. We tried to incorporate some leg-spinners in order that our batsmen get some follow.”

Rhodes although admitted that his aspect must be cautious in opposition to Afghanistan. “I believe we should always respect Afghanistan. Some high quality cricketers play for Afghanistan. They are going to be respectful of our cricketers too, regardless that they beat us within the T20s. It will likely be a very good contest,” he mentioned.

Bangladesh come into the event excessive on confidence having gained the ODI collection in opposition to the West Indies within the Caribbean 2-1

“We’re going there filled with confidence. We’re ranked larger than the West Indies however these have been nonetheless powerful video games. Profitable there gave the staff a variety of confidence,” agreed Rhodes.

“Now we have two video games to qualify (for the knockouts), which is an important factor. We should not assume that we are going to get into the subsequent group. We play properly in opposition to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, then it’s going to add to the arrogance. Then if we’re within the final phases of the event, why would not you consider that you possibly can win?”

First Printed: September 7, 2018, 12:37 PM IST


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