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Mashrafe revs up for Zimbabwe ODIs

  • Published at 06:42 pm February 23rd, 2020
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Mashrafe bin Mortaza with new national pace bowling coach Otis Gibson in Mirpur Sunday Courtesy

Mashrafe is stepping up his preparations for the approaching three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which will be his last as Bangladesh ODI captain. Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan announced that the series would be the pacer’s last as captain during a media briefing last week

While the Tigers played on day two of their ongoing Test against Zimbabwe, experienced pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza held his first net session with new national pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson on the sidelines of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Mashrafe is stepping up his preparations for the approaching three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which will be his last as Bangladesh ODI captain. Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan announced that the series would be the pacer’s last as captain during a media briefing last week.

The BCB chief had also said that Mashrafe’s future in the national fold would depend on his fitness and performance.

Mashrafe’s preparation for the series began with regular sessions at the gym over the past week, and on Saturday he held an unofficial meeting with members of the national selection panel at the BCB Cricket Operations room. Sources from the meeting said Mashrafe’s inclusion in the team for the ODIs was discussed at the meeting.

The three ODIs against Zimbabwe will be held in Sylhet on March 1, 3 and 6, respectively.

Alongside Mashrafe, pacer Taskin Ahmed also bowled in front of Gibson at the indoor facilities of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Following the session, Gibson said he was happy with the effort from senior paceman Mashrafe. The 36 year old had good rhythm and did not look troubled by a recent injury.

However, the pace bowling coach also said Mashrafe was the one who should be asked about how he was feeling in the nets.

“You must ask him [Mashrafe] how he felt after bowling in the nets. I think he bowled ok. He does have  enough [skill],’’ Gibson said when asked about Mashrafe. 

Mashrafe has been the center piece of discussion in the Bangladesh cricket fraternity following the below-par performances of both the Bangladesh team and himself at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. 

Many have raised questions over whether it is time for the most successful ODI captain in the country’s history to hang up his boots and when the BCB will organize a farewell.