Stay relaxed and play: Mashrafe

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 15 Jun 2017, 14:42:11 | Updated : 15 Jun 2017, 14:45:45

Stay relaxed and play: Mashrafe

Stay relaxed and play: Mashrafe
Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza wants Bangladesh to ‘stay relaxed and play’ against defending champions India in Thursday’s ICC Champions Trophy semi.

The Bangladesh skipper has urged his team not to let the hype surrounding the semifinal against India get to them.

The Tigers go into the game, set for a 3:30pm (Bangladesh Standard Time) start, eyeing their maiden spot in the final of an ICC event.

"Our plan was always to take it match by match," Mashrafe said.

"I think if everyone approaches the semifinal as just another match, it will be good for the team.

"There will be a lot of hype around this game... but our first task is to stay relaxed and play."

The captain said Bangladesh would need to adapt to the conditions at Edgbaston, a venue they have not played at yet during the tournament.

"The wicket looks the same as the one at The Oval," he said.

"It could be tough, but the truth is we will have to adjust to playing on it no matter what shape it is in," he added.

He also dismissed concerns that the pressure of the occasion could get to his side.

"If you talk about pressure, I think India have more pressure than we have. Because they have huge population and the people love cricket a lot," he said.

"Both teams have a lot of expectations."

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