Mashrafe believes continuity is key
Bangladesh all-rounder believes the well-settled and experienced squad will be tough to beat
Mashrafe Mortaza expressed confidence that Bangladesh will do well in ICC World T20 2012.
Bangladesh quick bowler Mashrafe Mortaza hopes an experienced line-up can cause a shock in the ICC World Twenty20 2012.
The Asian nation has not fared well in previous WT20 tournaments but Mashrafe thinks the current squad is well-placed to right those wrongs.
“I think [the squad] has a more settled look,” said Mashrafe. “We are mostly playing the same set of players. There is depth. Some new players like Zia (ur Rahman) and Mohammad Elias have come in and have done well. The experienced members are performing. I don’t like to make comparisons but this team has definitely played more games and has more Twenty20 experience.”
With 2009 ICC WT20 winners Pakistan also in their group, Mashrafe admits Friday’s opening Group D match against New Zealand in Pallekele is likely to represent their best chance of an upset.
“Probably it is the most important game for us,” Mashrafe said. “Over the last few months all our preparations have been centered on the two group matches and this one in particular. We have played a good number of Twenty20s and there have been a lot of positives that have come out. I firmly believe that if we execute our plan right and every player plays at least at 70 to 80 percent of their capability then we would be a very tough opposition to beat.”
The 28-year-old paceman cites the amount of practice the Bangladesh players have received in 20-over cricket in recent months – especially on the sub-continent – as a major plus for their ICC WT20 hopes.
“Overall the preparations have gone well. Our players appeared in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) and the national team played in Zimbabwe, Ireland, Holland and Trinidad. Maybe the opposition we faced were not close to the standards of New Zealand or Pakistan but the good thing is that we have had excellent match practice.”