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Every team is a threat in this Asia Cup - Mashrafe

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07th-Sep-2018       
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Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said on Thursday that they are not thinking too far ahead and concentrating on the opening game of the Asia Cup.
Bangladesh could not win the Asia Cup despite playing the finals on two occasions during last three editions of the tournament and that clearly gives them an edge as far as their chances are concerned. But the new format, which sees the addition of two more teams in the Asia Cup apart from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, leaves them at risk of being eliminated from the opening stage where they are placed in group B along with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Two teams from each group will advance to second round known as Super Four in the tournament and that looks to be the primary goal for Bangladesh.
"I think every team is a threat for us," Mashrafe told reporters in the official pre-match press conference on Thursday as Bangladesh concluded their preparation for the multi-team competition.
"If you look at the bowling strength of Afghanistan and all-round potency of the Sri Lankans, anything can happen. So for us the opening game is the most important," he said. "If we can do well in the opening game we have a chance to progress further in the tournament."
Mashrafe said that he is emphasizing on the opening game more because he is well aware how Afghanistan dominated them in the three-match Twenty20 series at Dehradhun where they clinched the series by 3-0 margin.
Though the format is different, the ghosts of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman looked very much alive at the back of Mashrafe's mind that prompts him to believe that the best way to go against Afghanistan is by carrying a winning momentum.
"If we can win the opening match we are sure it will help us to handle Rashid and Mujeeb much better," said Mashrafe.
"But if don't do well in the opening game it will be even twice the more difficult to beat them so the first game will set the tone for us," he said.
However, new head coach Steve Rhodes differs a bit when it comes to handling the spinners of Afghanistan. "I don't think there's a fear factor [as far as spinner are concerned]," said Rhodes. "We have finger spinners as role models in Shakib and Mehidy. As soon as we have wrist spinners as role models, then the youngsters then may start doing it in the streets.
"We brought Likhon and Tanbir in the nets. Rishad is in the U19s. We have tried to include some legspinners so that our batsmen get some practice," he added. I think we should respect Afghanistan. Some quality cricketers play for Afghanistan. They will be respectful of our cricketers too, even though they beat us in the T20s. It will be a really good contest.
"Afghanistan are a tough team. The T20 is their better format. We are not going to take that game lightly, at all. We have to be on top of our game against them and Sri Lanka," Rhodes said.
Rhodes added that they are carrying a good confidence going into the Asia Cup after their ODI and T20 series win against West Indies after their disastrous showdown in the Test series earlier.
"I think it would be a wonderful achievement for us to win the Asia Cup. We are going there full of confidence. We are ranked higher than the West Indies but those were still tough games. Winning there gave the team a lot of confidence.

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