Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza dejected at letting Bangladesh supporters down

Mar 08, 2016, 07:45 IST | PTI

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 ICC World Twenty20 campaign.

Mashrafe Mortaza. Pic/AFP
Mashrafe Mortaza. Pic/AFP

Bangladesh play an ICC World T20 match against the Netherlands on Wednesday 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 be mentally ready and ensure that this final loss does not affect us," Mortaza said.

He urged the Bangladeshi supporters to be a bit more patient. "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," Mortaza said.

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