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Mortaza rules out apology to England

Mortaza rules out apology to England
Mashrafe Mortaza (centre) was the man of the match in the second ODI against England.
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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza stated that the team need not apologise to England for their celebrations as he believes that they did not do anything wrong.

After the dismissal of Jos Buttler in the second One-Day International in Mirpur, Bangladesh displayed some over the top celebrations which resulted in sanctions to Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman.

Following the celebrations and a heated exchange between Buttler, Mortaza and Rahman, the International Cricket Council handed 20 percent fines to the Bangladesh duo while the England skipper received a reprimand.

Stating that the team celebrated the way they felt at that particular moment, Mortaza said that there was no need to tender any apology for their actions.

“Actually we didn’t do anything wrong so we shouldn’t apologise,” Mortaza told reporters in Chittagong.

“We just celebrated what we’ve felt.

“We don’t have to say sorry for that.

“Whatever happened, match referee was there (to judge it).

“Our team is completely normal and I am hundred per cent sure that my team is not thinking about this.”

However, England all-rounder Moeen Ali believes that Bangladesh are a team which is susceptible in pressure situations and hoped that they can put the hosts under pressure in the final game.

“We know that if we put them under pressure - like we saw in the first game - they can crack a bit more than the bigger sides.

“Hopefully, we can do that again.

“We saw in the World Cup when they played India, they messed that up as well.

“We know it will take them a bit more time to get over that kind of stuff.

“It took us years and years and we still sometimes, under pressure, don’t play as well.”

Nevertheless, Ali clarified that Bangladesh are not a team to be underestimated, especially after their recent results in the limited overs formats against the likes of India, South Africa and Pakistan.

“They are a good side with some very good players,” Moeen said.

“They’ve not lost their last six series and beaten some good sides like India, Pakistan and South Africa.

“They are hard to beat at home. We don’t have that sort of record at home.”

The ongoing ODI series between Bangladesh and England is currently poised 1-1 and the decider will be played on Wednesday in Chittagong.

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