Mortaza Keeping Tigers Grounded

Mortaza Keeping Tigers Grounded

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is wary of playing against a Zimbabwe side they are expected to beat. The Tigers are set to face the African minnows in three 50-over contests before the sides compete in a couple of Tests, with the first ODI scheduled for Sunday in Mirpur.

The hosts are strong favourites to beat a side who lost three ODIs and two Twenty20s during their recent tour of South Africa.

Conversely, Bangladesh reached the final of the Asia Cup in the UAE, where they lost to India off the final ball of the tournament, and confidence in the camp is high.

However, Mortaza feels playing against a supposed inferior team brings its own problems and has made it clear there will be no complacency from his men.

“If we win everyone will say this is what should have happened. But if we lose they will take it differently,” he told AFP. “It can create pressure at the back of the mind. It’s not as though we have never lost to Zimbabwe.

“They have almost all their senior players back and outside Zimbabwe they have the best record in Bangladesh. So we have to give 100 per cent.”