Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was not at all concerned about the Dhaka Premier League’s performances as he does not feel that it provides a helpful barometer to select personnel for the World Cup team.
Anamul Haque Bijoy has been in fine form this season, hitting three tons on the trot while Nazmul Hossain Shanto also found himself amongst the runs again this season after he was the league’s top-scorer last season. This two batsmen’ experience in international cricket might have given Mashrafe the ingredients to formulate his theory.
“I am not bothered by the Dhaka [Premier] League. A lot of times I have seen people striking ton after ton [here] but struggling in international cricket,” he said.
The difference for Mashrafe was the difficulty level that international cricket brings. “If you look at the wickets or the cricketing intent, its not close to international cricket [level]. There is quality in Dhaka League and Bangladesh Premier League but the [World Cup] tournament is ODI format so I don’t think the level is optimum. There are a lot who score runs but struggle there.”
He laid emphasis on mentality and working on aspects in the league that the individual could improve on. “We get wickets here and struggle in international cricket. Senior players like me also faced that. Then there is the case of one doing badly here but doing well abroad. So there is a broad difference in levels between the two.
“So I feel that a lot will depend on the mental readiness of the individual and if someone is working on something specific which will be needed at the World Cup. I think that is where focus should lie,” he concluded.