Steve Rhodes elucidated that the decision will be taken by Mashrafe bin Mortaza himself, and the BCB, and that the players are only targeting a win against Pakistan
Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes informed that veteran skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza’s decision on his retirement will be decided by Mashrafe himself and the BCB.
Rhodes said his charges are only focusing on the game against Pakistan and clinching a win to end the World Cup on a high note.
Mashrafe, 35, stated earlier that he wants to continue his playing career after the World Cup.
But, Mashrafe said, this is definitely his last world event as he has already retired from the T20 format.
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Mashrafe has taken only one wicket in seven innings in the World Cup and speculation arose that the most successful captain in Bangladesh’s cricket history will call it a day after the game against Pakistan at Lord’s in London.
But Rhodes elucidated that the decision will be taken by Mashrafe himself, and the BCB, and that the players are only targeting a win against Pakistan.
“Mashrafe will decide himself with the board, and I think that's - everybody ought to leave that up to them, and I think whilst it's a great story for the media, let's pay a little respect and let him organize whether he does or he doesn't,” said Rhodes during the pre-match press conference in London Thursday.
“Let's understand and respect Mash's situation regarding his last game in the World Cup but then concentrate on the cricket. Hopefully, the boys will give him the right sort of respect playing his last game in the World Cup, but then most importantly, we'll concentrate on the match,” he added.
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The players will be filled with emotions as it will be the last game for Mashrafe in a World Cup, but the English coach informed that they are professionals and determined to win the game Friday.
“The one thing about Mashrafe with the players is that they respect him incredibly. I often use the word warrior for Mashrafe. He goes to war for the team, and people respect that, understand that, and they love him because of that. The players in the dressing room do love Mashrafe, and as he said it's his last World Cup, and it will be emotional for him and for the team,” said Rhodes.
“But it will not affect the team. The team are now used to a huge press following, lots of media hype, social media. They are professional players. So that's not really going to affect them too much,” Rhodes concluded.
Mashrafe has played 216 ODIs so far, taking 266 wickets.