Mashrafe Mortaza urges pacers to step up after South Africa whitewash

Bangladesh will look to rebuild in the upcoming ODI tri-nation series at home.

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Bangladesh’s One Day International captain Mashrafe Mortaza, on Tuesday, admitted that their fast bowlers are not consistent at the moment and they need to work on it to lift themselves up after their whitewash in One Day and Test series at the hands of South Africa last month.

Mortaza went to further added that the Tigers will look to get back winning momentum in the upcoming ODI tri-nation series with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Speaking to in Mirpur, Mashrafe Mortaza said, “Naturally, this tri-nation is very important and we will make plans to clinch it. Everyone is upset after the South Africa series so doing well can be a turning point for us.”

Bangladesh side has been struggling since the last six months, and Mortaza urges his pacers to put their best if they want to see their national side to win the matches as they have done exceptionally well in the team’s wins in last three years. He further said, “If you look at our wins during the last three and a half years you will see pacers did well in all those wins while where we lost they did badly on equal proportion. We (pacers) are not consistent and it is an area where we need to put our focus. If we can perform well for 10 to 12 matches we can gain momentum and that will be the key.”

Bangladesh has been without Coach after Chandika Hathurusinghe left the job to join the Sri Lankan cricket team as Head Coach, and the two senior players Mortaza and Khaled Mahmud have to act as the coach, as Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan has said that the senior players have to act as coaches until they have appointed coach for the side.

Mortaza concluded by saying, “I don’t think I will have to do anything extra. What he (Nazmul) wanted to mean is that seniors will have to take the responsibility and it had always been the case for us. If we try to do something else it can create the problem so I think the way it was fine with the present (system) is running.”

By Rashmi Nanda - 03 Jan, 2018

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