T20 World Cup 2016: Mashrafe Mortaza Hopes Asia Cup Defeat Wouldn't Affect Bangladesh in Showpiece Event

Updated: 07 March 2016 14:13 IST

Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh captain, said though they are disappointed after losing to India after in the Asia Cup final, they are taking T20 World Cup 2016 as a fresh tournament

T20 World Cup 2016: Mashrafe Mortaza Hopes Asia Cup Defeat Wouldnt Affect Bangladesh in Showpiece Event
Mashrafe Mortaza play their first match of the T20 World Cup 2016 on Tuesday. © AFP

Mirpur:

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is dejected that his team was not able to gift the cricket crazy home fans a victory which would have been 'huge' for them but at the same time wants to quickly shrug off the disappointment ahead of their T20 World Cup 2016 campaign. (Asia Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli Take India to Sixth Title With Win over Bangladesh)

Bangladesh play an T20 World Cup 2016 match against the Netherlands on Tuesday and Mortaza wants his men to go into the tournament with a positive mindset.

"We are taking a lot of positives from the tournament as we have a played the final which is a huge achievement. But in two days we have a qualifying match in the World T20. We have to qualify first and then also we will be in the group of death. We have to be mentally ready and ensure that this final loss does not affect us as playing in India is a tough thing," Mortaza said, after his team's loss in the Asia Cup final to India by eight wickets.

He urged the Bangladeshi supporters to be a bit more patient with the team. "I know they had all kept their work aside and expected that we gift them a memorable victory. But we have a good team and these prayers have been with us. We would request them to be patient with us. Today had we scored 20 runs more, the contest would have been more even. The toss became crucial and also the pitch became better for batting in the second half," Mortaza said.

He said the ICC World Twenty20 would be a new tournament where they have to start from scratch.

"We have to start from zero. We have a got a team that has balance and potential. The boys have self belief. But one needs to understand that T20 is such a format where it is very difficult to win every game," the skipper said.

"It was a huge scope for us (Asia Cup) but then a lot of people did not expect us to reach the finals but we did reach the finals. I have full confidence that the future of Bangladesh cricket is very bright."

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