Mashrafe: Tigers not prepared for World T20


Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has admitted that the Tigers' T20I side are not yet at the level of their ODI team, who have grown in stature over the last year.

The Tigers have made great strides in the 50-over format in 2015, reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup and then registering bilateral series victories over India, Pakistan and South Africa for the first time, all at home.

The shortest form of the game has not gone as planned, with the Tigers twice drawing home series against Zimbabwe and still trying to find their best starting combinations.

Although the 15-man squad for the World T20, starting in India in March, has already been chosen, Mashrafe says they will use the Asia Cup to try and get the team ready for the world event.

Mashrafe said: "We have become a good side as far as ODI cricket is concerned. But we are not prepared for T20s yet. We still have to go a long way. Still we will try to put our best effort to do well in the T20 World Cup."

The Tigers are in Group A of the qualifying round of the competition and have to top the pool consisting of Netherlands, Ireland and Oman if they want to play in the main tournament.