Mashrafe’s area of concern

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Mashrafe's area of concern

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza reckons that the conditioning camps ahead of any series are helpful. But he hopes that the team doesn’t get fatigued at the end of the tour. He wants to win the Ireland tri-series before going ahead to Champions Trophy.

“We want to win the Ireland tri-nation series, and we are mentally prepared to put up a good show against the hosts and New Zealand,” he said.

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“Conditioning camps are helpful as they allow us to acclimatize to the foreign conditions, and make the necessary adjustments to do well. We had a conditioning camp before the World Cup in Sydney and we performed brilliantly. However, we also had such a camp prior to the New Zealand series but didn’t do that well.”

The Bangladesh skipper is concerned about the fact that the players get fatigued at the end of a long tour. He feels it’s important to keep everyone together.

“This is not the first time we are on such a long tour. But we do have that problem of becoming fatigued at the end of such tours. History tells us that we have a really bad session after a good one in the latter part of a tour.

“Maybe in Australia [during the World Cup] we didn’t feel too bad as we were always in the hunt. Winning in the early stage could help us fight fatigue, which we can start in Ireland. It is important to keep everyone together, in our group of 17-18 players, especially those who won’t go through a good time in the early stages. Keeping them like a family,” said Mashrafe.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com