Mashrafe blasts Asia Cup schedule

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza blasted the schedule of the Asia Cup with his team playing two back to back matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Thursday and Friday respectively.

The announcement of the schedule of Super Four stage irked not only Pakistan but also Bangladesh, whose captain Mashrafe laid into the ACC.

“It is frustrating for us as we were made the second team in Group B even before we played the last game,” said Mashrafe whose team beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs to qualify for the Super Four round.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed also showed his reservations over the schedule with his team needing to play two of its three Super Four matches in Abu Dhabi while India stayed in Dubai to play all three matches.

“Travelling is an issue in this heat, Schedule should be even for all teams,” Sarfraz had said on Tuesday.

Mashrafe objected to the seedings for Super Four.

He said that they were here with a plan to top their group after winning both of their matches but ACC has changed the format.

“This morning we heard that we are already Group B runners-up regardless of whether we win or lose tomorrow,” Mashrafe added.

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