All eyes at the airport were on Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, who announced his retirement from the T20I format.
The cricketers were warmly greeted, alongside BCB president Nazmul Hasan, who also returned with the players from Sri Lanka. A few board directors welcomed the team.
Questions regarding the sudden retirement of the “Narail Express” was the main topic for the journalists and the BCB boss once again surprised everyone when he said Mashrafe is yet to say goodbye to the T20I format.
“Mashrafe did not retire from T20Is, he just left the captaincy. If we need Mashrafe in T20Is we will definitely take him,” Nazmul told the media.
When queried if the flower garlands are intended for Mashrafe’s retirement, Nazmul informed, “I don’t know what these flowers are for but we did not lose any of the three series against a formidable side like Sri Lanka. May be this is the reason for the flowers. Both our captains are present here.”
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Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain and their team mates were felicitated upon their return DHAKA TRIBUNE
The BCB supremo stated that he was surprised with the media's reaction after Mashrafe decided to retire from the shortest format of the game.
“I have never seen such amount of news and reports after the retirement of a cricketer before Mashrafe’s case,” he said.
The man in question, Mashrafe, was seen smiling most of the times. Perhaps, he was trying to keep his emotions in check. The 33-year old said there is no chance of changing his decision to retire from T20Is.
“There is no chance of changing this decision. I have no regret when it comes to T20I cricket. In fact, it’s a proud thing for my family because I have played this format for 10 years for Bangladesh,” said Mashrafe.
He added, “As a team we have played some good cricket. However, before the second T20I, we lost eight matches in this format. If you see the progress, I think we have improved in the past two years. We lost a few games for some small mistakes. If we had done things right I think we could have won a few more matches.”
He continued, “I think we should have won the ODI series 2-0. We have made some mistakes in this format. However, we have the Ireland tour coming up, followed by the (2017) Champions Trophy. We will definitely play according to plan as the condition and wicket will be different. We will try to implement our plans.”