ICC World T20: Big pressure game for Bangladesh, says Mashrafe

Sports Saturday 12/March/2016 16:43 PM
By: Times News Service
ICC World T20: Big pressure game for Bangladesh, says Mashrafe

Dharamsala: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said on Saturday that his team is ready for Oman challenge and will play to their best potential to make the Super 10 grade of the ICC World Twenty20 in style.
"Certainly it is a big pressure game for us and I want all our players to contribute, especially the batsmen and bowlers," the Bangladesh skipper said, who desperately is looking for a win.
Mashrafe understands that any slip-up will trigger the critics back home.
"I know Oman are a good side and full of determination. They will be all pumped up after the victory against Ireland," he added.
However, Mashrafe did not pick any particular player in the Oman side, though he mentioned that 'Oman is a tough well-knit unit and they have many surprise packages up their sleeves'.
"Oman will come all out at us knowing that win only will take them through. We are not really worried about the weather because we have a better net run rate," he opined.
On concerns in his bowling department especially after Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny have been reported for suspect bowling action, Mashrafe said: "It's not a major concern as we have a good set of bowlers. But I don't want to be critical on ICC. If there is a report against the two, we must follow the procedure and get them cleared."
Adding on he said: "Since they can continue to bowl, I hope the report don't affect their performance."
On Mustafizur Rehman, his main strike bowler in recent times, Mashrafe said the bowler is on recovery path and will be ready for the Super 10 stage. However, he did not comment on whether he will be seen in action against Oman.
On lesser games for the associate team, Mashrafe explained even Bangladesh came up the hard way to become a full-member.
"Yes they need to play more, but it is for the ICC to do the needful," he said.
Regarding the washed out game against Ireland, Mashrafe said: "We desperately wanted to win the game to take away the pressure from us. We cannot control the weather and now the match against Oman has turned out to crucial for us."
The Bangladesh-Oman match will be a night match and will be the first time both will be playing each other in T20 Internationals.