As his team preparing to confront India in the knock out match of the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza puffed away the idea of a ‘grudge match’ against the nearest neighbors. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘দ্বেষ’ ভাবতে নারাজ মাশরাফি]
“Not necessary it’s a grudge match. it could have been England or any other team. we don’t have to think it is India and play as another match. we need to take the pressure out” – Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said.
“After the 2015 World Cup quarter final, we have three T20Is and three ODIs against them and we have forgotten it. It has been 24 months. Tomorrow is going to be a new game so our concentration and thinking is about the game” – Mashrafe Bin Mortaza explained.
The 2015 World Cup quarter final match between Bangladesh and India was blurred by controversies where several deliberate decisions given by field umpires went against the Tigers paved their way to a heart breaking defeat.
Mashrafe said those things were long been forgotten; now it is not been counted by them prior to another big clash.
“I have answered that question during 2015 World Cup as well. But obviously playing in best eight and reaching the semi – final there is a big hype. You can say it is the biggest match but I am not sure” – he said.
“We played one practice match against Pakistan at Edgbaston that we lost but we played well. The wicket was good to bat on and hopefully we enjoy tomorrow” – Mashrafe Bin Mortaza hopes.