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Mashrafe calls on Bangladesh fans to douse their expectations
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Mashrafe calls on Bangladesh fans to douse their expectations

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza called on the fans to douse their expectations for the upcoming ODI World Cup and avoid putting unwanted pressure on the team.

After Bangladesh's appearance at the Champions Trophy semi-finals two years ago and the Asia Cup final last year, national hopes of a winning streak at the World Cup have skyrocketed.

"You are saying this is our best ever team, but that's not important," said Mashrafe ahead of the team's departure for Ireland where they will play a tri-series involving the hosts and the Windies.

"We went to the Asia Cup with the same team but could not win it. We played in the Champions Trophy semi-final, we had the same team. So there is no need to create hype," he pleaded.

"The best team does not always win," added Mashrafe, who said the players do not need the "extra pressure on us" and that he preferred to believe in "luck".

Mashrafe said there should be no public pressure to win or even reach the semi-finals.

"If you ask the ex-players and analysts they will tell you we are not among the favourites. If we can do something, people's attitude towards us will change."

Bangladesh open their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Oval on June 2.