Mumbai, India (BBN)-Bangladesh made their foray into Test arena in 2000 against India but in 15 years, have never received invitation from BCCI, something that the current players are looking forward to, insists their limited overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
Asked about his opinion on playing in India’s backyard, Mashrafe made it clear that he wanted to play an international series in India, reports PTI.
“Yes, definitely boys really want to play in India. We are loooking forward to it. Maybe, at some stage, we will go there and play,” Mashrafe told PTI in an interview ahead of India’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
For the record, Bangladesh have played a total of three ODIs on Indian soil only in tournaments like the Asia Cup (1990-91) and Coca-Cola triangular series (1998).
Bangladesh’s World Cup quarter-final against India was not free of controversy with Rohit Sharma being ruled not-out off a full-toss bowled by Rubel Hossain, which was adjudged as no-ball by umpire Ian Gould.
The lanky Bangaldesh seamer categorically said that he has moved on from that event.
“I don’t want to talk about it and want to look ahead,” he said when asked about the incident.
While terming the Indian batting line-up as dangerous and no single batsman can be pinpointed, Mashrafe sounded respectful of India’s pace attack that did really well in the World Cup, save semi-final.
“India have a strong batting order. You can’t rule out anyone. There is Virat Kolhi, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinjya Rahane is in good form. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done well in last 6-8 years. So it’s difficult to pinpoint one of them. The bowlers, especially the quicks, have been in good form since the World Cup,” Mashrafe said with a note of caution.
The senior bowler was also not bothered about DRS not being implemented due to reservations from BCCI.
“I am not losing my sleep over DRS. If we can’t use, they also can’t. It’s not a big deal for us.”
Something that’s worrying Mashrafe is the impending monsoon season which could play a spoilsport.
“I hope rains keep away and both can play 50 overs, but one can’t say as it’s rainy season now,” said the ODI captain, who has last played Test cricket back in 2009.