Mortaza seeks Bangladesh winning mentality in Zimbabwe series


Bangladesh are likely to experiment with their side in the four-match T20 series against Zimbabwe, but captain Mashrafe Mortaza is keen to build a winning mentality ahead of the World Twenty20.

With just two months until the tournament in India, Bangladesh are set to evaluate their options in cricket's shortest format.

The sides met in a two T20s as recently as November, winning one apiece, and Bangladesh could give opportunities to uncapped trio Shuvagata Hom, Abu Hider and Nurul Hasan as they attempt to settle on their best line-up.

Shakib Al Hasan and Soumya Sarkar have also returned to the fold and Mortaza is in confident mood ahead of Friday's opener in Khulna.

"Winning is the key word. We have to win the match first, then the series. We are looking ahead to the Asia Cup T20 next month and the World T20 in March," he said. 

"So this series is very important. Our youngsters showed good commitment during the practice sessions, which they now take into the matches. But I am certain, if we can continue our recent good form, we will win for sure."

Zimbabwe are a team badly in need of some form following a 3-2 one-day international series loss against Afghanistan and a 2-0 T20 defeat to the same opponents.

But Mortaza is taking nothing for granted, adding: "In this particular format of the game, you can't tag anyone a bad side. Zimbabwe are a very good side.

"So our players have to remain very aware. But Khulna is the home ground of most of us. So hopefully players will feel at home here."

Batsman Vusi Sibanda returns to the fold for Zimbabwe despite the fact his last fifty in international cricket came in August 2013, while his average in all formats since then is a measly 16.34.

Brian Vitori and Sean Williams are also welcomed back in a boost for Zimbabwe, but Tinashe Panyangara and Craig Ervine miss out.

Coach Dav Whatmore said of the returning trio: "They will get a chance. Sean is certainly in our best team. The other two boys have got a chance to impress.

"They will be given their opportunity. No one has come in here just to carry the drinks. So they will all play."