Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has informed that the players will play pressure-free and stay as relaxed as they can before going to the Champions Trophy semi-final. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ক্রিকেটারদের নিশ্চিন্ত থাকতে বললেন মাশরাফি]
Bangladesh qualified for the semis for the first time in an ICC event when they defeated New Zealand by five wickets followed by England’s 40-run (DLS) win over Australia. They are set to take on India on June 15.
“This is something we did not think of when we came here. It came to our mind when we beat New Zealand. Yes, we are now into something which is very big. But we don’t want to put ourselves in any sort of extra pressure. We want to go into the semi-final as relaxed as we can. We also do not want to put any extra effort in training,” said Mashrafe at Edgbaston.
Despite Australia are knocked out of the tournament, Bangladesh skipper still rates Australia as the best team.
“I will still rate Australia as the best team. Their tournament may be over but they are a team that has got the best bowling attack in these conditions. They have also got a batting unit that is impossible for any side to stop from scoring runs.”
When asked if he was luckier than his coach to have the honour of leading a team that loves to break one barrier after another, he said: “I think we are both lucky. This is a team that I think has the ability to be more like Australia. But in that case we will have to play more Tests because it really helps to be a complete cricketer who can perform at any level.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com