Bangladesh news April 25, 2017

Don't weigh Mustafizur down with expectations - Mashrafe

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'Mustafizur's early success was extraordinary and shouldn't be expected of him so regularly' - Mashrafe © AFP

Mustafizur Rahman needs to work harder if he wants more success as batsmen have begun reading his bowling better. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who made this observation, also said that Mustafizur's success early in his career was "extraordinary" and urged that he shouldn't be put under too much pressure.

"What he got in the early stage of his career was extraordinary so what is happening to him now is what is supposed to happen to any bowler," Mashrafe said before Bangladesh's departure to England for a preparatory camp ahead of their Champions Trophy campaign. "It is unbelievable that he got so many wickets in the first few games of his international career. Now he has to work hard to take wickets. Batsmen are reading him better. Every team has top-quality computer analysts who find out his strengths and weaknesses.

"Injuries have also bothered him, and he has just recovered from the latest injury few months ago. He is only 19 or 20 [21]. So with everything in consideration, he is having a tough time off late. So we also shouldn't put him under pressure. He has already proved that he is Bangladesh's future. If we can keep him relaxed by not weighing him down with expectations, he can be a wonderful asset for us in the next ten years."

After coming back from a shoulder surgery late last year, Mustafizur was out of sorts in New Zealand and was dropped for the Hyderabad Test in India to allow him more time to recuperate. He bowled well in patches in Sri Lanka, especially in the Test series, but wasn't at his best in the two completed ODIs and the first T20I.

In the second T20I against Sri Lanka, however, he took 4 for 21 but was expensive in his only appearance for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2017, conceding 34 runs in 2.4 overs. He has been benched since then, which has raised concerns over his form and mental state.

Mustafizur was scheduled to join the team on Tuesday but will now do so on May 4. Despite his recent patchy form, he remains an important cog in Bangladesh's pursuit of a strong result in the Champions Trophy. Mashrafe said that the tournament will be a difficult one for the team, as they are placed in the same group as hosts England, Australia and New Zealand.

He said that the preparatory camp in Sussex does not guarantee success but will give the players a better understanding of local pitches and overhead conditions.

"Realistically, it is going to be a difficult tour," Mashrafe said. "The Champions Trophy won't be easy when you look at our opposition. We have defeated England in that condition. We beat Australia in Cardiff once and, although these are history, I think it is still possible. A lot will depend on how we prepare our mentality.

"The camp will give us an inkling about the pitches. Weather conditions change quickly in the early part of the English summer. We had a good World Cup after an early camp in Australia in 2015 but the same didn't pan out in 2016 when we prepared for the New Zealand tour."

One area Mashrafe is concerned about is the team's fatigue towards the end of a long tour. Given that the Champions Trophy falls in the latter half of their tour, the team will have to devise ways to avoid falling into that mental hole.

"This is not the first time we are on such a long tour," Mashrafe said. "But we do have that problem of becoming fatigued at the end of such tours. History tells us that we have a really bad session after a good one in the latter part of a tour.

"Maybe in Australia [during the World Cup] we didn't feel too bad as we were always in the hunt. Winning in the early stage could help us fight fatigue, which we can start in Ireland. It is important to keep everyone together, in our group of 17-18 players, especially those who won't go through a good time in the early stages. Keeping them like a family."

Bangladesh will leave for the Sussex camp on April 26. Their tri-nation series, against Ireland and New Zealand, will be played between May 12 and 24, after which they will return to London for the final part of their tour.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Sbl on April 25, 2017, 18:19 GMT

    This is really a bad decision to allow him in IPL after 26th. He is not good at outside Sub continent. This conditioning camp would help him a lot. Additionally he needs some extra care from Walsh. He need to develop his spotting and in swing. But BCB you ruined everything.

  • Cricinfouser on April 25, 2017, 18:14 GMT

    group standings will be 1 eng 2 aus 3 nz 4 ban 1 rsa 2 sl 3 pak 4 Ind (worst run rate)semis 1 eng vs sl 2 rsa vs aus final eng vs aus winner- Australia

  • Aviral Mishra on April 25, 2017, 15:10 GMT

    @AMBITIOUSSTROKE: You choose the right name for your cricinfo id. Could have been better if you had choose overambitious. And defeating India in 07 WC is upset but T20 win is a fluke. Hope you guys learn some cricket and maturity. lol

  • AMBITIOUSSTROKE on April 25, 2017, 15:03 GMT

    @CRICFAN75925104 actually India is in the easiest group they gave two guaranteed wins against SL and Pak. Icc don't want their revenue cut down if India cant make the semis. Besides BD beat the world beating India team with players like Sachin, Dravid, ganguly and co very easily. India's T20 win vs BD by 1 run in 2016 was just fluke. Bangladesh players were mentally distorted after loosing two bowlers in the middle of the Tour. But this India team is is over-hyped they only win in India or WI. They may not even win against inexperienced Pak. Watch out for Amir and wahab they will be in beast mode against India in English condition.

  • Fogu on April 25, 2017, 14:10 GMT

    Saifullah: Very aware of where CT is played. WC2007 was in WI and 2015 was in AUS-NZ. BD did well in those cups as well. I have been a big supporter of PK team from the 80's onward but not of silly fans who make silly predictions and comments. BD is not yet ready to win a major tournament but BD is very capable of causing upsets. I know our history and also know where my team stands currently. I wish PK team well.

  •   cricfan75925104 on April 25, 2017, 13:45 GMT

    It's good that Bangladesh is playing in a group where India is another group. Since India do not want to loose against Bangladesh at any cost, Lucky escape for Bangladesh.

  • Aviral Mishra on April 25, 2017, 13:24 GMT

    @TIGERPRK India has won Champions Trophy in England, CB Series in Australia, a series in New Zealand, Natwest Trophy in England, first T20 WC in South Africa and first WC in England. So we don't need to be placed in easy groups to win trophies. We have been winning it since you were just learning the basics of Cricket. Thank you very much.

  • jhumon_sydney on April 25, 2017, 13:19 GMT

    My concern is about Fizz's new bowling action which is very readable when he delivers a slower or cutter.His old bowling action was very difficult to detect the slower or cutter in the very closed view of the TV camera.If Malinga changes his bowling action his career will be ends soon,I bet.My humble request to Fizz,Please go back to your old bowling action with which you won the hearts of million people of the world.

  • Saifullah Farooqui on April 25, 2017, 12:52 GMT

    FOGU : I guess you know that CT will be held in England , not in mirpur.

  • biplobmmh on April 25, 2017, 12:47 GMT

    We can even expect a few off series from Fizz and we will accept that as we know that the material is there to be turned on at any point. This is very natural after a surgery which I know from my own surgery, not as a player but even for daily life. Go Fizz, our support will be their for you.

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