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Cricket news - Mortaza backs Liton over Anamul Haque's DPL form

Since his blazing maiden hundred against India in the Asia Cup final, Liton just managed to score one half-century in the next six matches.

Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has backed out-of-form Liton Kumar Das ahead of in-form Anamul Haque for the upcoming World Cup in England. Anamul scored three successive centuries in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League to strengthen his case just at a time Liton, who had three runs to show in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, is struggling to make one for himself.

"Actually I am not too concerned about the Dhaka League because I have seen many times that players who hit tons in DPL suffer in the international arena," Mortaza told reporters on Tuesday (March 26). ''We have already got the proof of what kind of a player Liton is. I am talking about the Asia Cup Final. I think he can be a destroyer. He has this potential. The batting coach is also working with him.

Since his blazing maiden hundred against India in the Asia Cup final, Liton just managed to score one half-century in the next six matches. He made 4, 83 and 0 against Zimbabwe at home and his lean patch continued against Windies as well in the following series where he managed 41, 8 and 23. But Mortaza feels that form isn't the only thing that needs to be considered before an engrossing tournament like the World Cup.

"I think mentality is the most important factor," Mortaza said. "It is vital for players to know if they are mentally prepared or not. I believe the World Cup is a mental tournament. You can struggle there even if you get 5-6 wickets here. So as a player it is crucial to prepare mentally."

Mortaza tried to revive Anamul's career in 2018 after he brought him back to the ODI set-up for the first time since 2015, when he pressed the selectors to pick Anamul against Zimbabwe in a bid to find the ideal partner for Tamim in the Champions Trophy but the right-handed opener failed to impress in the following six ODIs before being eventually dropped.

But after Anamul's three consecutive DPL centuries recently, there has been a buzz to at least consider him in the 15-member squad for World Cup given his rival Liton did not show any kind of consistency. Reflecting on it, Mortaza said: ''I am definitely not the part of the selection process. I have cleared it before and also clearing now again. Team selection is not my part.

''It is not important that all the 15 men will perform well. Our main focus will be the Ireland series and the World Cup. Senior cricketers like me and others struggle in international cricket even after getting wickets here (at home). On the other hand, some of us played well even if we failed to perform here.

''So I can say that there is a huge difference between these two places. For this reason, I am telling that the players who can prepare mentally get a big advantage and lots of things depend on them," Mortaza added.

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