Mashrafe: We said that we will test combinations


Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has refused to blame the loss in the third T20I against Zimbabwe on the fact that they had four players making their debuts, saying that his team did not follow the game plan.

The Tigers went down by 31 runs to the African side in the third game of the four-match series in Khulna, with the teams now heading into the final game on Friday with the hosts leading the series two-one.

Mosaddek Hossain, Muktar Ali, Abu Hider and Mohammad Shahid all made their debut for the national team in the shortest format while Imrul Kayes was given a chance at the top of the order as Tigers made five changes from the previous encounter.

Mashrafe insists that it is necessary to give as many players as possible a chance before the World T20, which takes place in India in March.

Asked if all the newcomers had a negative effect on the team, Mashrafe said: "It would seem so from the outside. Four debutants and one addition does make it look that way.

"We were not up to the mark with our planning on the field. We lost because we didn't play according to the plans. As a captain I always give importance to winning.

"We didn't want to lose, that's for sure. Everyone was given a specific plan but they couldn't put it into action. We had said before that we will test combinations.

"We had to make three changes because two players were injured and we rested Al-Amin. We made two more changes. It was clearly going to be a little harder for us with a number of new faces."