Under-19 World Cup 2016 February 15, 2016

The real challenge starts now, says Miraz

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mehedi Hasan Miraz: "I am not satisfied with these achievements only. I want to go up the ladder and give some moments of happiness to my nation" © ICC

Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Bangladesh Under-19 captain who led the team to a third-place finish, wants to improve his overall skills before he vies for a place in the senior team. Miraz, scored 242 runs in six innings and also picked up 12 wickets at 17.66 to earn the Man of the Tournament award.

"I just ended my career at the Under-19 level and like every other cricketer, I also dream to play at the highest level for my country," Miraz said. "But this requires perseverance and hard work, and I want to develop myself as a better cricketer in the time I will get to transform myself.

"It is a big achievement for me to win the player-of-the-tournament award; not just for me, but for the whole team and the nation too. Sixteen teams participated in the event and our team came third and among them I got the award. This is actually massive."

Miraz said that the Bangladesh team could have played the final but for an inspired West Indies side who beat them in the semi-final in Mirpur. Now he wants to move forward quickly and could possibly play for South Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League first-class tournament.

"We had a great unit too and deserved to win the trophy," he said. "But a few mistakes cost us the [semi-final] match. We respected the West Indies but we had the confidence in us. We just couldn't translate it into action.

"I think there were expectations on me because I played well. I will need to hold on to the belief that I can carry myself forward. I am not satisfied with these achievements only. I want to go up the ladder and give some moments of happiness to my nation."

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  • AhmedMashroor on February 17, 2016, 6:48 GMT

    excellent miraz.....another great tiger for BD...... INSHA ALLAH u wil succeed future also....from BD Fan

  • Rafelgibt on February 17, 2016, 4:01 GMT

    I'm really surprised to see Miraz's temperament as a complete cricketer.Simply wow!Pray to Allah that this boy never gets derailed. Sabash Miraz!Lets roar TIGER!

  • Abdullah on February 16, 2016, 5:42 GMT

    miraz is a bright future for BD. he will be a viable option in place of nasir/mahmudullah. he should play for A team for a year or two, so that he gets in the team permanently. if he is introduced in the national side without tough level experience in different conditions, he might not succeed immediately and that might ultimately delay his national side call up for several years. i see him playing all 3 formats for his country in the near future.

  • emmwill on February 16, 2016, 5:03 GMT

    Well done, Miraz! You have a bright future ahead of you. However, I think you and your boys were overconfident against the Windies because you defeated them soundly in 3 ODIs before the world cup. One good lesson you and your team have learnt: never write off an international team even after defeating them. People learn and improve. The West Indian boys learned a lot form those three defeats. They developed the skills and the fortitude to defeat you.

  • RedGreenTiger on February 15, 2016, 23:28 GMT

    Can't wait to see this kid on the first team. Great talent

  • Manik_mia on February 15, 2016, 22:25 GMT

    Two more all-rounder are coming to senior team. Mehdy and Saifuddin will be a good addition. After Mushrafe retires Mehdy can join the team. Saifuddin (Fast bowler cum batsman) also could be a good addition.

  • i_amVIVA on February 15, 2016, 14:54 GMT

    Fantastic player for future Bangla team, keep up the good work, and may you fulfill the your desire of satisfying the nation in it's utmost fashion in the years to come.

  • Mahmud Miah on February 15, 2016, 14:03 GMT

    perseverance and dedication are two ingredients for for sucuess at any levels or jobs! I believe that if you keep up working heard my boy,you have a bright and a brilliant future ahead which can only help my beloved bangladesh. absolutely awesome you were in the u19 world cup,hut off to you and the team for the courage and dedication.

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on February 15, 2016, 11:40 GMT

    Excellent interview. Kudos to Miraz. Lead the team well and performed consistently, both in batting and bowling.

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