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Mashrafe ready to let go of captaincy

“If the board tells me to leave the captaincy, I will do that. There is no issue at all,” Mashrafe told the media

Update : 13 Jan 2020, 08:18 PM

Mashrafe bin Mortaza is ready to let go of the Bangladesh ODI captaincy, if the selection panel of the Bangladesh Cricket Board asks him to do so. 

The veteran pacer made the statement a day after he opted out of the BCB’s central contract list.

“If the board tells me to leave the captaincy, I will do that. There is no issue at all,” Mashrafe told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Sunday.

Mashrafe’s inclusion in the national team has been a topic of discussion among the Bangladesh cricket fraternity since the ICC Cricket World Cup last year. Many are wondering whether the 36 year old will call time on a splendid career, and he is repeatedly questioned about retirement during press conferences.

Mashrafe clarified his stance on his future with the national side and once again pushed the decision over to the decision makers. However, the right-arm pacer reiterated that he wants to continue playing domestic cricket. 

Dhaka Platoon's Mashrafe bin Mortaza bowls during their BBPL match against Chattogram Challengers  Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik  

“I have always been clear that I want to play. I had previously mentioned that I wanted to play in the Dhaka League. I want to keep playing the BPL, as I enjoy it. I never said I wanted to play for the national team. There are around 70 to 80 cricketers playing cricket, and I am sure not everyone is playing so that they get to play for the national team,” Mashrafe said.

“There are people who think about my selection in the national team. I spoke to Papon bhai [BCB President Nazmul Hasan] over my salary. All cricketers will face this phase. A superstar now might face this situation five years later. This is part of life. There will be players who will be able to leave on a high note and there will be some playing because of passion,” the experienced pacer added.

Mashrafe’s stint in the ongoing BBPL T20 ended after Dhaka Platoon lost the first eliminator against Chattogram Challengers by seven wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. The Platoon captain said the loss was due to a loss in momentum, as Dhaka had lost their previous two matches.

“We lost two matches at a crucial part of the tournament and that has cost us. We were at a good place before the last two matches. The team lost balance with a few of the overseas players leaving and our middle order could not play to their ability. We were in trouble for most of the time once Tamim [Iqbal] got out. The opportunity was big for us considering the way we played the tournament and winning the previous game [against Khulna Tigers in league phase] would have created a chance for us to go into the final,” the veteran explained.

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