Gazi Ashraf Lipu, the former captain of Bangladesh national cricket team, is of the belief that it is the the mental prepardness that is key for Bangladesh ahead of their crunch ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against arch-rivals India to be played in Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday (June 15). [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মানসিক শক্তিই বাংলাদেশের চাবিকাঠি]
“I feel mentally they need to be ready. That is the key against India. This is their best chance at glory and I hope a great match will be on show. I really hope Bangladesh come out winners showing great mental strength,” Ashraf said.
Meanwhile, another former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar Sumon, claims that he had predicted prior to the start of the tournament that Bangladesh would play in the semifinal, and exactly that is what has happened.
“We played brilliant cricket against New Zealand. The trophy is not far away now. At the start of the tournament, I had said we would play the semis. We have to give our best in the next two matches. I dream of Bangladesh playing the final.”
On the other hand, former captain and currently out of the team Mohammad Ashraful added that it is normal for Bangladesh to play the semi-final as they have been playing good cricket over the last two and half years.
“The way we have been playing in the last two years, it is but normal that we will play the semifinal. I hope we make it to the final.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com