ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mashrafe Mortaza Believes Bangladesh Can Reach The Semi-Finals
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza believes that Bangladesh can reach the semi-finals of the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Bangladesh national cricket team is one of the top-rising teams in the present international cricket. Currently, they are the seventh-ranked ODI team. They have maintained strong performances in international cricket in the last four years along with consistent growth.
In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Mashrafe Mortaza-led Bangladesh team reached the quarter-finals where they lost against India.
In 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, Mortaza-led Bangladesh team reached the semi-finals where once again they lost against India.
Later, in the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE, Bangladesh reached the final of the tournament where they suffered a last-ball defeat against India.
Recently, Bangladesh won their first multi-nation international tournament in the ODI tri-series in Ireland. While Ireland, Bangladesh and Windies participated in this tournament, Bangladesh won that trophy after beating Windies in the final of that tournament.
Moreover, they also won some good bilateral ODI series in the last four years. At home, Bangladesh won the ODI series against the big teams like Pakistan, India and South Africa.
Bangladesh national cricket team is now ready to participate in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. England and Wales will host this tournament that will run from 30th May to 14th July.
Nothing is impossible – Mashrafe Mortaza
A total of top ten teams will participate in this competition. Though Mortaza feels that their semi-final spot is very challenging, he also believes that it is not impossible for them.
Before leaving the country for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Mortaza said, “At the moment I think going to the semi-finals will be big challenge, but nothing is impossible.
“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.”
We have to fight giving everything we have – Mashrafe Mortaza
Like the other big teams, Bangladesh is not used to chase the 320+ targets in ODI cricket. Mortaza also knows that they can’t restrict the oppositions under 300 runs regularly. So, he believes that they have to fight entirely to achieve success in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.
Bangladesh ODI captain said, “You see we are not accustomed to chasing 320 or 340. At the same time, we cannot restrict the opposition to 270 or 280 on a regular basis.
“Here we have got to develop a habit. We have to fight giving everything we have.”
Bangladesh will play their first match in the upcoming Cricket World Cup on 2nd June. On that day, Bangladesh will face South Africa at The Oval (London).
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