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Mashrafe out of SL ODIs, replaced by Tamim as skipper

  • Published at 10:54 pm July 19th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza attempts to take a catch during training in Mirpur Thursday Dhaka Tribune

With the Tigers scheduled to depart for the island nation Saturday, Mashrafe bin Mortaza incurred an injury to his left hamstring while bowling in the nets during training Friday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza will miss the tour of Sri Lanka, comprising three ODIs, later this month, and will be replaced by opening batsman Tamim Iqbal as skipper.

Mashrafe struggled in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales with an injury and finished the tournament with just one wicket to his name in eight innings.

With the Tigers scheduled to depart for the island nation Saturday, Mashrafe incurred another injury to his left hamstring while bowling in the nets during training Friday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

Tamim will lead the Tigers, who will face the Lankans in three ODIs on July 26, 28 and 31 respectively.

All the matches - day-night affairs - will be held in Colombo.

Before that, Bangladesh will lock horns with local opposition in a warm up match in Colombo Tuesday.

Meanwhile, earlier Friday, Mashrafe told the media in Mirpur that he was still undecided over when he will eventually call it a day.

The right-arm pacer said he still needs some time to come to a decision regarding his retirement.

He said, “I still can’t say anything right now. I haven’t thought about retirement yet. There is a lot of time before our next series (after Sri Lanka ODIs). I will think about it later. Retiring from the game is a big thing for me. So I will take some time before announcing anything.”

A lot of discussions are doing the rounds recently following the World Cup as to when Mashrafe will bring an end to his long and decorated, yet injury-plagued career.

Mashrafe alluded to former India captain MS Dhoni, who in recent times have been swamped with questions from the media regarding his retirement.

Mashrafe said, “Let me talk about Dhoni. I am not even close to him as a player. He has scored 10,000-odd runs in international career. In every press conference, he gets asked about his retirement. I think this should be handled professionally. I see it that way. My stance is always clear on this.”

He added, “As a player, I couldn’t give my best during the World Cup. As a captain also, I couldn’t fare well. Everyone expected us to reach the semi-final. We also failed to do that. Questions are bound to arise.”