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Mashrafe: I will think about retirement after reaching home

  • Published at 02:38 am July 6th, 2019
Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza reacts during their World Cup match against Pakistan in London Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from London

This is the last world event for Mashrafe bin Mortaza and speculation arose before the Pakistan match with regards to his retirement as he has taken just one wicket from eight innings in the 2019 World Cup

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza admitted that the Tigers need to improve their bowling and fielding in the world stage and also informed that he will rethink about his retirement plan after going home.

This is the last world event for Mashrafe and speculation arose before the Pakistan match with regards to his retirement as he has taken just one wicket from eight innings in the 2019 World Cup.

“My future plan is, obviously, going home from here, and I will have a think,” the skipper answered shortly when asked about his future plan.

Bangladesh started their World Cup campaign impressively by defeating South Africa at the Oval in London in their first game but finished the tournament in frustration after suffering a convincing 94-run defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s Friday. 

They finished the tournament in seventh position with seven points in the points table among 10 teams.

“Going forward, Bangladesh need to improve on bowling and fielding. If we play the World Cup, Champions Trophy or even World T20I, on these sort of wickets then we have to improve our bowling. But if the tournament is in Asia then our bowling is okay. I think as a bowling unit we need to find out how to bowl out the opposition on batting friendly wickets. But our fielding must improve,” said Mashrafe during the post-match press conference at Lord’s Friday.

Mashrafe praised Shakib al Hasan, who finished the tournament with 606 runs, and also took 11 wickets, and said the team feel sorry for him as they could not give him enough support to end the tournament in a higher position. 

“Shakib has been absolutely brilliant throughout the tournament. He batted at three. He had done what he could do. Really feel sorry for him, not only me but also the whole team. The way he played, this team could have been in a different zone than where we are standing right now if we had managed to give some proper support. I think he's one of the best performers of all time in the World Cup. But still we weren’t able to qualify for semis or the zone that we'd have had loved to be in. But, again, I think that Shakib knew what his role was and what was his job going forward. Hopefully, boys will step up next time with him,” Mashrafe added.

The Tigers will depart the United Kingdom Saturday and reach Bangladesh a day later.


PAKISTAN INNINGS            R    B

Fakhar c Miraz b Saifuddin        13    31

Imam hit wicket b Mustafizur     100    100

Babar lbw b Saifuddin            96    98

Hafeez c Shakib b Miraz        27    25

Haris c Soumya b Mustafizur         6    6

Imad c Mahmudullah b Mustafizur    43    26

Sarfaraz not out            3    3

Wahab b Saifuddin            2    4

Shadab c & b Mustafizur         1    2

Amir c Mushfiq b Mustafizur         8    6

Shaheen not out            0    0

Extras (lb 3, nb 1, w 12)        16 

Total (50 Overs)            315/9 

Fall Of Wickets

1-23 (Fakhar), 2-180 (Babar), 3-246 (Imam), 4-248 (Hafeez), 5-255 (Haris), 6-288 (Wahab), 7-289 (Shadab), 8-314 (Imad), 9-314 (Amir)


Miraz 10-0-30-1, Saifuddin 9-0-77-3, Mustafizur 10-0-75-5, Mashrafe 7-0-46-0, Shakib 10-0-57-0, Mosaddek 4-0-27-0


Tamim b Shaheen             8    21

Soumya c Fakhar b Amir        22    22

Shakib c Sarfaraz b Shaheen         64    77

Mushfiq b Wahab             16    19

Liton c Haris b Shaheen         32    40

Mahmudullah b Shaheen         29    41

Mosaddek c Babar b Shadab         16    21

Saifuddin c Amir b Shaheen         0    1

Miraz not out                7    6

Mashrafe st Sarfaraz b Shadab     15    14

Mustafizur b Shaheen         1    3

Extras (lb 5, w 6)            11 

Total (44.1 Overs)            221 

Fall Of Wickets

1-26 (Soumya), 2-48 (Tamim), 3-78 (Mushfiq), 4-136 (Liton), 5-154 (Shakib), 6-197 (Mosaddek), 7-197 (Saifuddin), 8-198 (Mahmudullah), 9-219 (Mashrafe), 10-221 (Mustafizur)


Hafeez 6-1-32-0, Amir 7-0-31-1, Shaheen 9.1-0-35-6, Wahab 7-0-33-1, Imad 6-0-26-0, Shadab 9-0-59-2

Pakistan won by 94 runs

MoM: Shaheen Shah Afridi