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Senior Bangladesh pacer Mashrafe Mortaza today said they deserve the criticism for the manner they suffered defeats against Hong Kong and West Indies but vowed to play good cricket to turn things around in the India vs Bangladesh ICC World T20 championships match on Friday.
Mashrafe Mortaza also said that BCB president Nazmul Hasan has indeed spoken to the players and tried to help them in their aim to do well in the coming matches.
"My personal opinion is that when a team plays back to back bad matches, there is bound to be criticism. As a player, we need to accept that and try to do well in coming matches.
"He (Hasan) hasn’t scolded us but he has tried to have a discussion with us. He is trying to help us and we are also trying to take the team to a better position from where it is currently," Mashrafe Mortaza answered to the query about Hasan’s statements in a local English daily today.
He was also quizzed on BCB president’s comment that one can expect wholesale changes in the Bangladesh team after the ICC World T20.
"It's difficult to say. The manner in which we have lost two matches was unexpected. A Test playing nation wouldn't like to lose to Hong Kong for sure! Certainly, there will be talks. It's bound to happen. I don’t think anyone would want Bangladesh to play badly. The well-wishers of Bangladesh cricket won’t want that to happen," Mashrafe Mortaza said.
He said that the target will be to win tomorrow’s match against India by fighting it out gustily.
"Obviously, it is very disappointing to lose a match (versus WI). More so, because of the manner (73 runs) in which, we lost the match. We lost by a very big margin. Our target tomorrow is to play well. It might sound like over-simplification when we say we will play well but by Almighty's grace, we would try and fight it out."
Mashrafe Mortaza feels that a combined effort from pacers and spinners is required in order to win the match.
"Spin has always been our strength. We pace bowlers need to give a good start first up. Whenever our spinners bowl well, we win maximum matches. If there is a combined performance, then obviously chances of a good result is there.
Everyone knows that we have an acclaimed spin line-up."
Mashrafe Mortaza tried to stress that they would like to ideally win and not