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Mortaza: Playing against Associates is tough

Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak talk about the burden of crowd expectations when playing Associates and how the team deals with it

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 18, 2014

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

Now probably our players have realize what it meant to be a test playng nation and how hard we should work for it in future.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

Their is a Huge Gap ... 1st I was upset when ICC brought the Selection round, But after watching the Matches ... I am fine with it. It was fair for All Associates Teams. They played at Least a match against the Test Playing Nation.. a lower Ranked team . so they might understood what is like to be a International level player or Team.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

ICC did a great job by putting Bangladesh in selection round with non test playing nations to show their standards in real cricket. This is the first time ever in the history of cricket, the hosting nation had to go through the selection round. SHAME!!!SHAME!!!!SHAME!!!!

Posted by jb633 on (March 18, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

BD are too good for the associate nations and not good enough for the big boys. To find their rightful place is incredibly difficult for the ICC. To develop properly they simply must address the dreadful pitches. If they could develop seam bowlers they will become competitive both home and away. IMO they have got to be brave and accept a 5 year period where they may incur some heavy losses whilst their players adapt to bouncier, greener wickets. They have batsmen with skill and in time they would adapt to conditions that favour bowlers more. Their lack of exposure to proper cricketing wickets prevents them from producing fast bowlers (they are reduces to cannon fodder) and batsmen capable of playing on wickets that do anything laterally (off the pitch or in the air). I believe this will come and am not writing them off. They need to be brave somewhere along the line though.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

mashrafi mortoza is great baller.. we r proud 'coz mashrafi is not injury. .

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 18, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

I'd say it's tough for the Bangladeshi fans as well. If any country wants to the Assos. team to succeed it's Bangladesh. Knowing how Bangladeshi team is treated at global stage we feel for bad for smaller nations.

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