Beyond any pressure, Bangladeshi ODI Captain. Mashrafe Mortaza takes it as another big tournament. Accordingly, he wouldn’t concentrate on personal milestones to avoid “any extra pressure” at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, but believes his team can do “something extraordinary”.
Bangladesh captain with his World Cup-19 preparation
The most successful Captain of Bangladesh cricket team, the 35-year-old, Mashrafe Mortaza confirmed the 2019 World Cup would be his last, but that doesn’t mean he will attach more weight to the tournament and heap pressure on himself. Instead, he will consider it as “just another big tournament”.
The World Cup-19 is going to begin on the 30th of May. This will involve each team playing the other nine participants in a robin-round format, with the top four sides qualifying for the semi-finals. Squad depth, therefore, is likely to be key.
This is definitely my last World Cup
Acknowledging this is his last World Cup, “This is definitely my last World Cup. I have to perform as a player, and of course, my role as captain is going to be important too. As I have to fulfill my duties, but there’s nothing more I can do. I don’t have any personal goals. I never want to take any extra pressure.”
Mashrafe believes in luck and committed to doing their best, “I am a believer in luck. So what is meant to happen, will happen. It’s also not that I will do any extra preparation. It’s just another big tournament for us and we want to play well to make it memorable. Nothing is impossible, but it will be very important for us to handle the ups and downs.”
Recently, Mushfiqur Rahim, the wicket-keeper batsman, asserted this Bangladesh squad is the best they have sent to a World Cup. So Mashrafe Mortaza echoed of such claims, though. And pointed out that their squads that contested the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and Asia Cup 2018 were similar as well. “It’s the same team apart from one or two players, which has been playing together for the last two-three years but we don’t have any trophy to show even though we played some final”
The captain again tagged his team with the best combination
The Captain again tagged his team with the best combination, “The team didn’t do anything so significant in the meantime that they should have been termed as the best team. This kind of tag creates unnecessary pressure on the players. I don’t want to say it’s the best team but yes, we are going to play the World Cup with our best available team. That’s it.”
Finally, Mashrafe concludes with, “No doubt this World Cup is going to be tougher for us because of the format. But I still believe we are capable of doing something extraordinary. Just we need to start the tournament on a good note. We need to take it to match by match rather than thinking too far.”
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Therefore, Beyond any pressure, Bangladeshi ODI Captain. Mashrafe Mortaza takes it as another big tournament. Hope team Bangladesh will do their best for the honor of this fantastic captain.