Bangladesh have insisted that they are not losing sleep over mind games from Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka.
Even before taking on Bangladesh in their do-or-die affair on September 1 in Dubai, skipper Shanaka stated that they feel Bangladesh is an easier opponent than Afghanistan, who earned an eight-wicket win in the tournament opener.
Shanaka said in the post-match press conference following the defeat, “Afghanistan has a world-class bowling attack. We know Fizz [Mustafizur Rahman] is a good bowler. Shakib [al Hasan] is a world-class bowler. But apart from them, there is no world-class bowler in the side. So if we compare with Afghanistan, Bangladesh is an easier opponent.”
Shanaka added that they are well aware of strengths and weaknesses of Bangladesh who have eight defeats from 12 games they played so far in the shortest format.
Bangladesh all-rounder Mehedy Hasan said that their not ready to answer Shanaka with words rather they are eyeing to prove their worth in the field.
Mehedy said, ”I think good and bad are proved in the field. A good team can lose if they play badly on that specific day and similarly a bad team can win if they play a good game of cricket.”
Mehedy insisted that rather than thinking over Shanaka’s assessment over their team right now their focus is on their job at hand, taking on confident-looking Afghanistan in their opening game tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board on August 27 appointed Afif Hossain as the vice-captain of the side in the Asia Cup.