DHAKA: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has poured chilly water on fan hopes for this month’s World Cup, warning that the seventh-ranked crew was going through an uphill battle within the group stage.
Supporters have been jubilant after a tri-nation collection win towards Eire and West Indies on the weekend handed Bangladesh its first ever multi-team match trophy.
However Mashrafe’s aspect begin the Cup race with a bracing fixture towards South Africa, New Zealand and top-ranked hosts England of their first three matches.
“Will probably be tough for us as a result of our opponents within the opening three video games are extraordinarily sturdy,” Mashrafe instructed reporters late Tuesday earlier than heading to England.
“To get a constructive outcome towards them received’t be straightforward.”
Bangladesh twice beat eighth-ranked West Indies within the tri-nation warmup match, together with in Friday’s remaining.
Mashrafe mentioned the win had heightened expectations of Bangladesh followers, together with different current triumphs together with the aspect’s semi-finals look on the 2017 Champions Trophy.
“Within the final 5 to seven years, individuals have began to return to observe us with expectations that we are going to win,” he mentioned.
“All I can say is that the World Cup will likely be a distinct ball recreation. If you happen to comply with cricket in England, you will note that numerous runs are scored. It’s going to want a distinct strategy.”
Bangladesh hope to no less than match their earlier greatest efficiency in a World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals in 2015. —AFP