Tri-Series in Bangladesh Mortaza optimistic against SL and Zimbabwe

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By 2018-01-03

Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza believes that winning the upcoming tri-nation series can lift his side's spirits after the debacle in South Africa. Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in a tri-nation series at home before playing two Tests and two T20Is against the latter.

"Naturally, this tri-nation is very important and we will make plans to clinch it," Mashrafe told reporters after a training session at Mirpur's Academy premises. "Everyone is upset after the South Africa series so doing well can be a turning point for us," he said.

Mortaza urged the pace bowlers to pull up their socks ahead of the tri-nation series from their below-par performances recently.

"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," Mashrafe pointed out.

"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," he further added.

Mortaza added that he is not feeling any extra pressure after being given the role of a coach along with Shakib al Hasan and Khaled Mahmud for the upcoming series.

BCB President Nazmul Hasan on Monday stated that the two seniors along with Mahmud will act in the capacity of a coach since the Board hasn't found a replacement for Chandika Hathurusinghe, who left the job in order to become Sri Lanka's new head coach.

"I don't think I will have to do anything extra," Mortaza said. "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 problems, so I think the way the present (system) is running now is fine."

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