After the convincing five-wicket win over New Zealand in the Tri-Nation series final match in Dublin, Bangladesh One-day International skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza stated his team is confident to give their best in the upcoming 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which is jointly hosted by England and Wales from June 1.
Brimming with confidence, Mortaza said the upcoming warm-up matches will be important for his side while adding there would be some lessons to learn against from Pakistan and India.
“The warm-up games will be important, wickets will be different from here but we will learn something from the games against Pakistan and India, so they are two big games,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by AFP.
Prior to the ICC’s mega event, Bangladesh will play two warm-up matches, as they have England, Australia and New Zealand in their group which further makes it equally tough for the Tigers.
Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in their first warm-up match at Edgbaston on May 27, before facing-off India at The Oval on May 30. The multi-team 18-day tournament will kick off, as hosts England will take on Bangladesh in the Group A fixture at the same venue where the Mortaza-led side will take on India in their warm-up fixture.
“We missed out in the first game against Ireland and the first game against New Zealand was tough but we did really well in last two games and confidence is high at the moment,” Mortaza remarked.
In limited-overs, Bangladesh has shown some courage post the 2015 World Cup, as they have had also registered series wins against South Africa, Pakistan and India, respectively.
However, in the past one year they went on to win the only series against Afghanistan by 2-1 while losing out against England (1-2), New Zealand (0-3) before ending three-match series 1-1 against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh hosted the first-ever International Wills Trophy, also known as Knockout Trophy in 1998. The side which is placed at seventh spot on ICC ODI rankings has claimed just a solitary win out of eight matches they have played in ICC Champions Trophy events so far.
Batting first, New Zealand posted 270 on board in 50 allotted overs, as Bangladesh chased down the target in 48.2 overs following Tamim Iqbal’s 80-ball 65 and Sabbir Rahman’s 65 off 83 balls.
“You can’t buy experience and in our batting side we also have Tamim and Shakib, who is not in the best mood but I’m sure he will come back and Mushy and Mahmudullah are also in the runs so hopefully we can go on from here,” Mortaza asserted.
The significant sixth-wicket partnership between wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (45 off 45 balls) and Mahmudullah Riyad remained unbeaten on 46 off 36 deliveries to claim their first win against New Zeland in away games in its seventeenth attempt, as Tom Latham of New Zealand was adjudged Man of the Series.
“Mahmudullah is very experienced,” Mortaza maintained.
Interestingly, Bangladesh will face New Zealand on June 9 in Cardiff, as Kiwis’ left-handed wicket-keeper batsman Latham feels his side is still doing well while turning down that Bangladesh has an advantage when they will meet in the next month’s mega event.
“Credit to Bangladesh, they batted very well and paced their innings perfectly,” Latham said on Bangladesh.
Mortaza will participate as the senior campaigner alongside Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in the upcoming event for Bangladesh.