Tamim Iqbal, who is one of the senior members of the team and also playing his fourth World Cup, provided a big statement about Mashrafe and said he is one of the top Bangladeshi performers in recent years
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has given a strong statement regarding Mashrafe bin Mortaza’s performance in the 2019 World Cup, and said the Tigers captain should receive more respect considering what he has done as a skipper and player for more than a decade.
Bangladesh team took part in training after a two-day break at Somerset County Ground in Taunton Saturday morning.
Mashrafe has taken only one wicket so far in three matches with their fourth game washed out.
Prior to the World Cup, Mashrafe was wicketless in the last two matches.
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But he did take six wickets in the first two matches of the tri-nation ODI series and was once adjudged man-of-the-match.
Mashrafe is playing in his fourth World Cup.
Tamim, who is one of the senior members of the team and also playing his fourth World Cup, provided a big statement about Mashrafe and said he is one of the top Bangladeshi performers in recent years.
“Who are the people who are talking? That is very important. Those who are writing about this or talking about this, I wish if they just thought for two minutes before doing so who they are talking about or what Mashrafe (bhai) has done for Bangladesh cricket for the past 15-16 years,” said Tamim to the media during a press conference Saturday.
“Some people may say he’s unfit. But the truth is if he is unfit now, then he has been unfit for the last 10 years – his knees were never okay. But then we saw it emotionally. Now, maybe we are looking at it as a big deal because things are not perfect for him in the last few matches. We are talking about a person on whose back (holding his hand) we have come here. I think it is very unfortunate because considering Mashrafe’s contribution behind the Bangladesh team and bringing the team to this stage, to make comments like these on him is very unfair. I think he deserves much more respect than he is getting.”
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There are some commentators in the World Cup who have raised questions about Mashrafe’s place in the playing XI.
Mashrafe even had to face queries from the international media as to why he is not bowling his full quota of 10 overs in the games and what’s his “actual role” in the team.
“I don’t care what other people are saying. There are some foreign cricketers who said some things, I’ve heard. What have they done in their lives, that is the big question. What have they done that they can talk about a person like Mashrafe? To tell the truth, it is not important to me what people outside the country are saying – everyone has their opinion and they can express it – but people of our country should understand that when I am going to speak about Mashrafe bin Mortaza, I have to remember what he has given to the country,” Tamim said.
“As a player, you go through that circle, you play well and you don’t play well. It shouldn’t be that you will be with the player only when he is playing well; you should also be by his side when he is not playing well. In a mega event like this, not every player plays well. You will see that even the team that becomes champion will not have all 11 players playing well. There are some players who will be in form and some who are not. I don’t know all of what is being said or written, but I know a bit. I hope that people don’t talk much about this. We should remember what Mashrafe has done for Bangladesh cricket before writing that,” Tamim concluded.