If we can’t settle down mentally, we will suffer badly: Mashrafe
15 February 2015, Nirapad News: The woeful result in the warm-up matches, especially the four-wicket defeat to ICC Associates Ireland last Thursday have shaken the Bangladesh contingent pretty badly and it was clear in the voice of Mashrafe bin Mortaza. The veteran Tigers skipper repeatedly questioned the development that they have assured of all these days and urged his troop to be “mentally” strong for the upcoming hurdles.
“If we talk about the result, we got a zero. We were practicing to get acclimatized here but we haven’t been able to show our level of preparation. We couldn’t win despite playing well against Pakistan. We did very badly against Ireland. We are very inconsistent. I felt that we trained very carefully and everyone got enough information about the sort of wicket they will face. But we haven’t executed properly,” said Mashrafe after the Irish defeat at Blacktown Olympic Park Oval, Sydney. “I can’t sit here and say that our morale isn’t shaken,” he added.
Mashrafe emphasized on the squad that consists few freshers while he also informed of testing the players handing new roles in the two games against Pakistan and Ireland, but the 31-year-old was purely disappointed with their effort in the game.
“Who amongst us took these two practice matches seriously is my real concern. Even if they took it seriously, they could not execute. If we perform in this vein, it will definitely have an impact in the important matches up ahead. We have 5-6 days ahead of us. We can’t change our skills during this short time but we have to be mentally and physically ready,” he expressed.
He further said, “It would have been much better had we won any one of the practice matches. It is not a good sign for our team, but I believe that we can turn around. I hope these defeats have hurt everyone in the team, it should. In which case, good results are a matter of time.”
The Narail Express, however, assured of sticking to the basics and not shuffling with the batting or bowling choices during the main event as he said the playing members will their original position in the XI adding, “Right combination is important to know which playing XI will take the field in a certain match. But we can’t say anything without seeing the wicket. We heard that it will be flat in Canberra. We are seeing different wickets. I was personally quite happy that we had made 240-odd against Pakistan’s bowling attack.”
“We have the ability, no doubt about it. But we haven’t been able to prepare mentally. If we can’t settle down mentally, we will suffer badly,” warned the experienced Bangladesh captain.