Mashrafee seeks triumphant start in WC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, May 24,2019 | Updated: 23:35, May 24,2019

 
 

Captains of ICC Cricket World Cup teams (from L-R) England’s Eoin Morgan, India’s Virat Kohli, Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed, West Indies’ Jason Holder, Afghanistan’s Gulbadin Naib, Bangladesh’s Mashrafee bin Murtaza, Australia’s Aaron Finch, South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson attend a press conference in London on Thursday. — ICC photo

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza on Thursday emphasised on mental preparation and a good start, which he felt would help his side coming with better results during the forthcoming ICC World Cup, starting on May 30 in UK.
Mashrafee attended the first formal press meet of the tournament in London where all 10 captains of the participating teams spoke about their chances and expectations.
Mashrafee put faith on his team, which is a mix of youth and experience and hoped that their rising performance in this format would lead them to success in the event.
‘We got a great bunch of boys,’ Mashrafee said during the programme.
‘We got a good mix-up with the seniors. The junior cricketers are coming and they have played really exciting cricket in all over the part. They performed like in the last series in Ireland and they played so well.
‘Hopefully we will do rather well here and the first match we are playing on 2nd June against Faf [the South African skipper Faf du Plessis] and hopefully we will start well,’ he added.
Mashrafee claimed that the mentality of the players over the last years have changed a lot and they now have built-up a strong belief of beating any of the participating nations in any day.
‘Cricket is kind of a game you can beat anybody on your day. Especially team like us, if we start well, we can hang in there. We are very much confident that we can beat anyone but everything depends on how we starting. Hopefully we will start well.’
The remaining other nine captains also believed that the forthcoming World Cup would be the mostly contested tournament ever and any of the teams can lift the prestigious trophy in the 46-day long tournament, that will be concluded on July 14 at Lord’s.
‘These are the ten best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it,’ said England’s captain Eoin Morgan.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli hailed England as the strongest side to win the trophy in their own conditions but also showed respect to other teams.
‘England in their conditions are the most strong side in this tournament,’ he said.
‘But all the teams so strong and well balanced and the fact we have to play every one once, I think this will be the most competitive World Cup that anyone will have seen,’ he added.
Australia skipper Aaron Finch welcomed back both David Warner and Steve Smith as his side look to defend the title they won in 2015.
‘Since Warner and Smith have come back into the set-up they have been fantastic and contributed so much. The morale has been unbelievable,’ he said.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was also expressed his confidence to become the first man to lead the Proteas to a World Cup crown, after four semi-final appearances.
‘I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball,’ he added.
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed – who led Pakistan when they won the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2017 was hopeful to repeat their performance in British Peninsula.
‘Since winning the World Cup in 1992, making the final in 1999 here in England and then Champions Trophy in 2017, we go well in England so we are confident we will do well and challenge,’ he added.
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lankan and West Indies skippers Dimuth Karunaratne and Jason Holder also expressed their optimism about doing well in the tournament during the one-hour long event.

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