Mashrafe Bin Mortaza Tips Bangladesh To Do Well In South Africa
Bangladesh’s One-day International skipper reveals his team is capable of producing brilliant performances on South Africa soil, in the final quarter of the year while banking on their talented batsmen and bowlers while discussing the upcoming bilateral series, as the Tigers are first scheduled to face Australia, in the two-match Test series in August. (Read Here: BCB Reveals Thilan Samaraweera To Part Ways As Bangladesh’s Batting Consultant).
“I would say we have the capability of doing well in their soil too,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by Bdcrictime.
Bangladesh side is scheduled to kick start South Africa series with two-match Test series which will be beginning from September 28 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
The fast bowler believes Bangladesh has risen to the occasion, as it has significantly shown a remarkable improvement since 2015, particularly in the 50-over format.
The 33-year-old Jessore-born experienced campaigner Mortaza revealed the Proteas in the recent past has also thought that it would be difficult to face Bangladesh in their backyard.
“They (South Africa) think it’s hard to face us in our country,” Mortaza added.
Recently, Bangladesh has maintained the sixth spot in ODIs which was also their best ranking in their cricketing history in International cricket before slipping to the seventh spot in ICC’s latest rankings.
Playing the significant role for the Tigers since 2001, Mortaza believes the combination would prove fruitful and the longer format series against Australia would boost the morale of the players.
“But if we could play the series against Australia before the South Africa tour, that would help us to be confident,” Mashrafe remarked.
Terming the bilateral series as a ‘big’ prospect, Mortaza revealed South Africa is one of the strong opponents in the field of cricket, as he feels quality teams like Australia and South Africa have had struggled on Proteas soil.
“Strong sides like India and Australia also can’t do well in South Africa. So I think it’s a big opportunity for us,” he added.
While throwing light on youngsters, Mortaza reiterated the players have shown quality improvement, as he further suggested youngsters to learn from their seniors in the team while praising the efforts of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in the national team’s set up.
Ahead of the three-match ODI series against South Africa which is scheduled from October 15 at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley. The South Africa tour would also feature two Twenty20 Internationals, in the fixture which will be played on October 26 and 29.
Mortaza has featured in 179 ODIs, as he bagged 232 wickets at an average of 30.54. He has also played 36 Tests and 54 Twenty20 Internationals to claim 78 and 42 wickets respectively.
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