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Mashrafe urges fans to keep emotion in check

  • Published at 08:52 pm May 22nd, 2019
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Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza celebrates with the tri-series trophy in Ireland earlier in May AFP

The Bangladesh supporters following the Tigers’ historic tri-nation ODI series win in Ireland last week have been expecting high from the team in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza has urged the passionate cricket supporters of the country to keep their expectation matched to the reality. 

The Bangladesh supporters following the Tigers’ historic tri-nation ODI series win in Ireland last week have been expecting high from the team in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. The ICC mega event is set to begin next Thursday.

Mashrafe following the tri-series had returned to Dhaka for a three-day break with family. The veteran right-arm pacer left the capital Wednesday morning to join the team in England.

“It will be difficult for us [to get off to a good start] as our opponents in the opening three games [South Africa, New Zealand and England] are extremely strong. To get a positive result against them won't be easy,” said Mashrafe.

“In the last five to seven years, people have started to come to watch us with expectation that we will win. All I can say is that the World Cup will be a different ball game. If you follow cricket in England, you will see that a lot of runs are scored. We will need a different approach,” said the Bangladesh skipper.

Bangladesh backed by their recent form in 50-over cricket are being expected to make at least the semi-final of the 10-nation tournament. 

Mashrafe stated that the ambition is not impossible, but tough.

The tournament format in this edition of the World Cup has given all teams equal opportunity to bounce back in the competition. A team will play a game each against the nine opponents. The top four teams in the table will go through to the semis.

“At the moment, I think going to the semi-final will be big challenge, but nothing is impossible," Mashrafe said before leaving Dhaka for England. 

“Of course it is possible, difficult though. In the past, a win over one big team in the group stage might have been enough, it would have made a comeback difficult for them. But here, we have nine games. Those who are expecting to play in the semi-finals, they will have plenty of opportunities to come back. We have to be careful about it."

Bangladesh following the series in Ireland traveled to Leicester in England for a three-day conditioning camp. 

The team will travel to Cardiff Thursday where they will play two official warm-up matches. The Tigers in the first practice game will take on Pakistan Sunday at Sophia Gardens and India Tuesday at the same venue.