South Africa (above) are ahead of Bangladesh in terms of skills and depth © AFP
South Africa (above) are ahead of Bangladesh in terms of skills and depth © AFP

Mirpur (Bangladesh): Bangladesh cricket skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, after the series against India, had said that South Africa would be a tougher opposition.

Now, Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has not only echoed Mortaza’s belief, but seems to also keep the Proteas ahead, saying they are favourites in the upcoming series, reports bdnews24.com. Bangladesh eye South Africa series as preparation for ICC World T20 2016: Chandika Hathurusingha

The hosts do not have a good record against South Africa. They have faced the Proteas 24 times with only one victory to show off, in the super-eight of the 2007 World Cup. The visitors are also ahead of Bangladesh in terms of skills and depth. Mashrafe Mortaza: South Africa are a far more balanced team than India

Hathurusingha said South Africa have been a very competent side in every format of the game for a long time. South Africans demolish BCB XI by 8 wickets in warm-up T20 tie

“In my judgement, they are the favourites,” he said. Bangladesh await their biggest test at home against South Africa

He hoped that Bangladesh, as a confident One-Day International (ODI) team, would be able to stop the South Africans. South Africa apologise for breaching Bangladesh security protocol