Many believe playing in the ICC Champions Trophy itself is a big achievement for Bangladesh. But Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, ahead of his team’s first match against England on June 1, made it quite clear that the Tigers are not here only to particiapte but they have their own sets of expectations to fulfil as well.
“Obviously, we are not here only to participate. We also have our own expectations, apart from the fans. So this is the time to prove our worth as everyone will be watching us. I can’t say we will win but we will give our best and try to play according to expectations,” he said.
Mashrafe also reminded everyone that being among top 8 teams were enough for them to play in the Champions Trophy, but now they are at No.6 which means they played better cricket than others to earn a place in the second-most coveted 50-over cricket tournament in the world.
“As I said previously, we are here because we are the No 6 ranked side in the world at the moment. Even if we would have been at No 8, we could have qualified. Still, many probably thought Bangladesh would not get to play the Champions Trophy. But we are here by playing better cricket,” Mashrafe told the media in the pre-match press.
Mashrafe is wary of the fact that they are playing away from home, that too in the strange English conditions. But having said that, he is still hopeful of delivering the best. “Overseas has always been a challenge. Not for us, for all teams. I hope this time we’ll play at our best because this is the first time we will play the Champions Trophy; it’s well deserved. So I guess the boys are very, very excited. Hopefully they will deliver their best,” he said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com