Mortaza's Champions Trophy joy

11 May 2017 07:13:42 EST

Mashrafe Mortaza is proud that Bangladesh have qualified for the Champions Trophy on the strength of their performances.

Mortaza's men made the eight-strong tournament, to be held in England next month, ahead of world Twenty20 champions West Indies.

I am confident that with the players we have in our ranks, we will be able to put up some very strong performances.

Mashrafe Mortaza

Previous Champions Trophy events have had a qualifying round before the tournament proper but the 2017 competition has seen the eight highest placed teams in the ICC's one-day rankings split into two groups.

"We are delighted to be returning to the ICC Champions Trophy on merit and the squad selected for this premier competition is a blend of experience and youth," Mortaza said.

"We have recently played good international cricket and will aim to raise the bar of performance in the United Kingdom.

"We know like any other ICC event, the ICC Champions Trophy is a tough competition where you have to be at the top of your game every time you step onto the field.

"I am confident that with the players we have in our ranks, we will be able to put up some very strong performances."

Bangladesh - who are preparing by participating in a tri-series involving Ireland and New Zealand in the next fortnight - kick the Champions Trophy off with a showdown against hosts England on 1st June.

Bangladesh are 50/1 to win the Champions Trophy, while hosts England are 5/2 and defending champions India are priced at 9/2.

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