Mashrafe wants pacers to stay mentally strong

Pace bowlers and injuries always remain on the same side of the coin. Pace bowlers in the game are most likely to suffer the injury. Tigers’ three out of five pacers in the World Cup squad are suffering from some minor injury problem. However, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza advised the pace-men to be mentally strong.

Pacer Rubel Hossain, Mus­tafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin are not 100% fit. 

Mashrafe reminds the reality of pacers injury. On the other hand, he gave examples of the West Indian legendary pacer and current Bangladesh bowling coach, Courtney Walsh,

"The pace bowlers have never been perfectly fit. They have to play with minor injuries. There is a legend in our dressing room, Courtney Walsh. 

He also learned many things.  After talking to him he said he played even after feeling pain. 

It's a matter of practice. Our pace bowlers including me should not be naive and will have to give 100 percent. 

These slightest injuries should not affect our rhythm. The job is more difficult in England. So, minor injuries should not affect our mind. 

"Mashrafe said at a press conference on Monday.

Taskin Ahmed and Farhad Reza are included in the squad as an additional pacer for the tri-series in Ireland considering the injury of pacers. 

Mashrafe explained the reasons for their involvement in the team, “The coach thought that we should have some extra pacers. 

If there is any problem, backups will be ready. 

If you go to Ireland, you will have to play five matches if you win the final. Whenever you play five matches, any disorder can happen. We have to make sure that there are backups ready.” 

Bangladesh played in the Champions Trophy semi-finals in England in 2017. 

However, Bangladesh pace-man could not do well in that tournament. Team’s highest wicket taker was a spinner with 3 wickets. 

Mashrafe believes that the pacers need to steal the limelight if the World Cup is going to be good for the Tigers. 

“We did not do well in the Champions Trophy. 

Of course, we won against New Zealand, but we did not do well in the four matches we played in England. 

That's in our head. How well can we do in the pace bowling unit collectively? Not individual but the whole pace unit will need to do well.”