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Mashrafe: Not the time to experiment with Bangladesh cricket

  • Published at 02:38 am March 7th, 2020
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Mashrafe bin Mortaza BCB

The right-arm pacer further added that he had enjoyed his best time as a captain with Hathurusingha as the coach

Outgoing Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza emphasized that now is not the time to experiment, rather things should be taken from where it was left off by former Tigers head coach Chandika Hathurusingha.

In his last press conference as a captain, at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Friday, Mashrafe also brushed aside speculation of his so-called controversies with Hathurusingha.

The right-arm pacer further added that he had enjoyed his best time as a captain with Hathurusingha as the coach.

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Hathurusingha coached Bangladesh between May, 2014 to November, 2017 and it was widely discussed in the cricketing fraternity that he, along with influential members of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, forced Mashrafe to retire from T20Is. 

During the tour of Sri Lanka in 2017, Mashrafe retired from the shortest format and it was strongly claimed that he was suggested to do so by the team management back then.

“Obviously Bangladesh are an international team and every coach had that ability, and if you want me to mention one, I will name Hathurusingha,” said Mashrafe when queried which coach he had enjoyed the most working with as a captain.  

“Many might think he was the reason I had to quit T20Is but that is not the case. Even Jamie Siddons has played a big role as a batting coach behind the success of Shakib [al Hasan], Tamim [Iqbal], Mushfiqur [Rahim] and others. 

“Hathurusingha has taken Bangladesh to a certain stage and as I said before this is not the time for experiment in Bangladesh cricket. It will be important to see where Bangladesh go after Hathurusingha took the side to a certain stage.”

With a dominating 123-run (Duckworth/Lewis method) victory and a 3-0 series sweep over Zimbabwe, Mashrafe finished his illustrious tenure as a captain with 50 ODI wins in 88 matches, thus setting up the perfect send-off.

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