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Bowling to Gayle gives Mashrafee confidence

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Bangladesh paceman Mashrafee bin Murtaza prepares to bowl during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. 
— New Age photo Bangladesh paceman Mashrafee bin Murtaza prepares to bowl during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. — New Age photo

Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza said he has gained confidence after bowling to the likes of Chris Gayle in the Bangladesh Premier League upon his return to competitive cricket after a long injury lay-off.  
Mashrafee was drafted into the national side straightaway to lead the pace attack in the Asia Cup after his impressive BPL showings that saw him lead the Dhaka Gladiators to the title.
‘From the confidence point of view after bowling against Chris Gayle and the top players in the BPL, it is certainly in a good shape,’ Mashrafee told reporters on Friday.
‘In the Twenty20 tournament my target was to build my confidence and to rectify my flawed bowling technique. It cannot be improved in a day and it will take time,’ he said.
‘It will be more challenging at the Asia Cup as everyone will be keen to give their hundred percent as they will play for their national team. I will also try to do the same. As far as effort and commitment are concerned, I will give my hundred percent,’ said Mashrafee.
The eternal fighter, who beat injuries umpteenth time in his career, said he is looking forward to the challenge of sealing a permanent slot for himself as was the case in the past.
‘I am feeling good to be back with the team after a long break. To be honest I was waiting for this day for the last 11 months. My job at the moment is to perform and get a permanent place in the team,’ said Mashrafee
‘Coming good in this tournament is all the better and if I do well in it then I wouldn’t have to look back. I would regain my full confidence.
‘It is challenging as well as exciting. The confidence that I am having now…if I can transform it in the matches with the help of some luck then it would be good for me,’ he added.
Asked if he was thinking of reducing some of his pace in order to prevent further injury, the bowler from Narail dismissed the suggestion immediately.
‘I don’t compromise with commitment and effort. Even if I get injured in the first match I don’t care, I will try to play with all my ability,’ said Mashrafee.

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