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Nazmul: Stop poking Mashrafe

  • Published at 08:49 pm March 1st, 2020
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BCB president Nazmul Hasan briefs the media BCB

Mashrafe in the long press conference on the eve of the first ODI against visiting Zimbabwe was upset after facing so many questions related to his retirement, particularly when the word "self respect" was mentioned

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan Sunday said Mashrafe bin Mortaza should be free to make his own decision regarding his career, and has requested everyone to get behind the cricketer at this point of time.

Mashrafe Saturday made a bold statement to the media over the issue that has been lingering in the arena since the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales in July last year. 

Mashrafe in the long press conference on the eve of the first ODI against visiting Zimbabwe was upset after facing so many questions related to his retirement, particularly when the word "self respect" was mentioned.

“Like I have said many times before, we do not have any replacement for Shakib [al Hasan] as a cricketer and Mashrafe as captain. There is no way to undervalue his [Masharfe’s] contribution in Bangladesh cricket. We are trying our best to give him the opportunity, which we do not usually do,” said Nazmul during an interaction with the media at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

“What I think about his press conference [Saturday] is that you [media] guys were poking him, pressuring him, the time when you have to support him, you guys are giving him more pain. I think we shouldn't discuss about it, he said what he wanted to. Who will be the captain, the board will decide. He (Mashrafe) will decide when he wants to retire.

“It (new captain) can be anyone. And when he will retire, that depends on him,” said Nazmul, who is serving as BCB president for the second consecutive term.

Ahead of the three-match ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Nazmul had stated that the series would be the last for Mashrafe as captain. 

Nazmul had also mentioned that following this series Mashrafe would have to prove with his performance and fitness that he deserves a berth in the national dressing room.

Mashrafe in the press conference Saturday had mentioned of being available for Bangladesh’s next assignment, the last phase of the three-part tour of Pakistan in April, if selected.

“Yes, he [Mashrafe on availability on Pakistan tour that comprises lone ODI and the second and final Test] was supposed to say that, and he said exactly that,” said Nazmul.

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