May 26 (CRICKETNMORE) - Being at the helm of the country’s rise in the 50-over format, Bangladesh captain is adamant the good times can keep coming in this competition. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza is convinced Bangladesh can take its form of the past two years on to one of the sport’s grandest stages as it gears up for its first ICC Champions Trophy since 2006.
Bangladesh has risen to number six in the ICC ODI Team Rankings ahead of the tournament, and confidence is high as it prepares to face off against Australia, New Zealand and host England in Group A.
And after being at the helm of the country’s rise in the 50-over format, Mashrafe is adamant the good times can keep coming in this competition.
Indeed, the 33-year-old is hopeful this is just the beginning for Bangladesh, though he is under no illusions about the challenge that lies ahead, particularly with the unfamiliar conditions in front of his team at The Oval and the Cardiff Wales Stadium.
“We are ranked sixth, it is a pleasure for us, and the team is very happy with that,” said Mashrafe. “We want to move on from here and want to go as far as we can in the world.
“This tournament is going to be hard for us, playing a group that is very hard in the conditions, but on your day, you can do anything, we have quality players who can change the game. We’ll have to play as a team as we have been doing so far.
“There are expectations, once you play for your country there is always pressure. I think in this tournament, it is not going to be easy, so we have to concentrate on our own game. We want to play the way we have played over the past two years and execute our skills well.”
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