Asia Cup 2018

Bangladeshi Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza supports Sarfraz Ahmed’s stance

Bangladesh Cricket Team Captain Mashrafe Mortaza took a swipe at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for their recently-released fixtures for the Super Four leg of the Asia Cup, which has Bangladesh playing back-to-back matches.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza yesterday questioned the scheduling of the Asia Cup Super Four matches.

All of India’s matches are in Dubai, while Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be playing their Super Four matches in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The Board of Control for Cricket India — the hosts of the tournament, despite it being held in the UAE — have rolled out the Super Four fixtures before the last group games are played.

According to the schedule, Bangladesh will be taking on India in their first Super Four match in Dubai tomorrow, while Afghanistan will be up against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi the same day. Both matches start at 3.30pm (UAE time).

Bangladesh and Afghanistan play their final Group B games a day earlier, today, after which they travel Bangladesh must travel to Dubai to face India the next day. They will then head back to Abu Dhabi for their next Super Four game against Afghanistan on Sunday.

“It is very disappointing,” Mashrafe said yesterday. “Basically, what has happened is that we were made the second team in Group B even before we played the last game. We came here with a plan. We would play Sri Lanka first and if we won and played well we would be group champions and play the runners-up of Group A. But this morning we heard that we are already Group B runners-up regardless of whether we win or lose tomorrow. So, of course, it is disappointing.

It is an international match where we are representing our nation, so of course it’s important. But whether you are talking about group stage matches or Super Four matches, there are certain rules within which they operate. We are getting away from the rules, so it’s disappointing. Even a mad person would be upset.”

While Bangladesh had thrashed Sri Lanka by 137 runs, Afghanistan recorded their first win over the islanders in One-Day International cricket, registering a 91-run victory.

With the tournament’s heavyweights — India and Pakistan — already waiting in the Super Four stage, these fixtures offer both the teams an opportunity to have one last look at what combination would best suit them.

Bangladesh have a slight 3-2 advantage over Afghanistan when it comes to head-to-head record. In the last meeting in 2016 during the series in Dhaka, Bangladesh had thrashed Afghanistan by 141 runs.

However, since then, Afghanistan have been on a roll when it comes to playing white ball cricket. They have won in seven of their last eight outings and their only loss came in a 2-1 series win against Ireland at Belfast.Bangladesh Cricket Team Captain Mashrafe Mortaza took a swipe at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for their recently-released fixtures for the Super Four leg of the Asia Cup, which has Bangladesh playing back-to-back matches.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza yesterday questioned the scheduling of the Asia Cup Super Four matches.

All of India’s matches are in Dubai, while Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be playing their Super Four matches in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The Board of Control for Cricket India — the hosts of the tournament, despite it being held in the UAE — have rolled out the Super Four fixtures before the last group games are played.

According to the schedule, Bangladesh will be taking on India in their first Super Four match in Dubai tomorrow, while Afghanistan will be up against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi the same day. Both matches start at 3.30pm (UAE time).

Bangladesh and Afghanistan play their final Group B games a day earlier, today, after which they travel Bangladesh must travel to Dubai to face India the next day. They will then head back to Abu Dhabi for their next Super Four game against Afghanistan on Sunday.

“It is very disappointing,” Mashrafe said yesterday. “Basically, what has happened is that we were made the second team in Group B even before we played the last game. We came here with a plan. We would play Sri Lanka first and if we won and played well we would be group champions and play the runners-up of Group A. But this morning we heard that we are already Group B runners-up regardless of whether we win or lose tomorrow. So, of course, it is disappointing.

It is an international match where we are representing our nation, so of course it’s important. But whether you are talking about group stage matches or Super Four matches, there are certain rules within which they operate. We are getting away from the rules, so it’s disappointing. Even a mad person would be upset.”

While Bangladesh had thrashed Sri Lanka by 137 runs, Afghanistan recorded their first win over the islanders in One-Day International cricket, registering a 91-run victory.

With the tournament’s heavyweights — India and Pakistan — already waiting in the Super Four stage, these fixtures offer both the teams an opportunity to have one last look at what combination would best suit them.

Bangladesh have a slight 3-2 advantage over Afghanistan when it comes to head-to-head record. In the last meeting in 2016 during the series in Dhaka, Bangladesh had thrashed Afghanistan by 141 runs.

However, since then, Afghanistan have been on a roll when it comes to playing white ball cricket. They have won in seven of their last eight outings and their only loss came in a 2-1 series win against Ireland at Belfast.

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