Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has made a startling revelation in stating that the upcoming 2019 World Cup would be the last mega event appearance of his international career. However, the veteran fast bowler has also mentioned that he won't let the pressure of playing in his last World Cup tournament affect his performance. The all-important 50-overs quadrennial event is scheduled to commence from May 30 in England and Wales.
"It is not a matter of probably; for sure this is my last World Cup. But surely it is not going to be my last interaction with you," said Mashrafe Mortaza.
It's just another big tournament for us
During a recent conversation with the media reporters, Mashrafe Mortaza revealed that he would not put any extra baggage of pressure on his shoulders considering the fact that this is his last World Cup. He stated that all the Bangladesh players will be approaching this World Cup as just another competition. Recently, Bangladeshi wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim also mentioned that the team is hoping to bid a memorable farewell to the veteran skipper.
"I will not let any extra pressure on myself just because it is going to be my last World Cup. It's also not that I will do any extra preparation. It's just another big tournament for us and we want to play well to make it memorable," he added.
Mashrafe noted that he will try to give his best both as a player and skipper. “I will try to perform as a player and as a captain. Nothing is impossible, but it will be very important for us to handle the ups and downs," Mashrafe furthered.
There is no need to create any hype
The skipper further went on to mention that there is absolutely no need to create that buzz of this being the best Bangladesh team. He stated that similar team played the 2018 Asia Cup as well as the semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales, but they failed to win both the events. However, Mashrafe noted that they are going in the World Cup with the best available side.
"So there is no need to create any hype by terming it as the best team. It's the same team apart from one or two players, which has been playing together for the last two-three years but we don't have any trophy to show even though we played some finals. The team didn't do anything so significant in the meantime that they should have been termed as the team,” the fast bowler inferred.
He also stated that there is no doubt that the upcoming tournament will be tough, but noted that the Bangladeshi Tigers are well capable of doing something extraordinary. "No doubt this World Cup is going to be tougher for us because of the format. But I still believe we are capable of doing something extraordinary. Just we need to start the tournament on a good note. We need to take it match by match rather thinking too far," the Bangladesh ODI skipper concluded.