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VOL 23 NO 64 REGD NO DA 1589 | Dhaka, Thursday, January 14 2016
Posted : 14 Jan, 2016 21:10:42 AA-A+
B’desh playing T20s because of necessity: Mashrafe

 Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza thinks it is necessary for the team to play Twenty20 International matches with the Asia Cup and World T20 knocking on the door.

But he insists there is no alternative to playing Test matches, reports

The series, however, was originally planned for three Tests. It was later cut to two Tests before being reformatted to a T20 series with the Asia Cup and World T20 in mind.

"Neither T20s nor anything else can be an alternative to Test matches. But we have to focus on T20s at the moment. The forthcoming World T20 and Asia Cup are in T20 formats," Mashrafe said at a press conference on Thursday.

Mashrafe is aware that the Tigers are still lagging far behind other cricketing nations in the shortest format.

"No alternative to playing Tests to progress in cricket as a whole. But we are yet to achieve something significant in T20s. Take a look at our place in the ranking - we have fallen behind Afghanistan. We must keep that in mind, too."

In ICC's T20I team ranking, Bangladesh are ranked 10th below Afghanistan, who beat Zimbabwe in an ODI and T20I series in the United Arab Emirates recently.

"The last T20 match we lost was against Zimbabwe. They have a number of good players. (Hamilton) Masakadza is back, he's a fine batsman. There is no scope of taking them lightly," said Mashrafe.

Mashrafe said during the camp of the national team that he had been paying a mental toll for the injuries.--- Pizush


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