Papon to discuss Mashrafe’s retirement issue
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to arrange one off ODI match against Zimbabwe in September to give farewell to Mashrafe Bin Mortaza prior to getting consent from the captain.
Mashrafe, 36, made his debut in 2001 and have a majestic journey of 18 years in international cricket arena. But journey was not at all rosy for him. The real fighter went under blade for seven times during his sportsmanship stint.
The speed star also popular as Narail Express, had retired from longer version cricket in 2009 to prolong his cricket career playing shorter formats. He also forwent T20i cricket in 2017. Bangladesh cricket emerged as super power after he started his second stint captaincy in 2014. Tigers under Mash played quarter final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, won bilateral series against Pakistan, India and South Africa. Played the final of two Asia Cups and clinched the title of any multinational tournament last May.
It is heard that the BCB is going to arrange a series at home to give a grand farewell to the skipper of Bangladesh One-day side and a lawmaker of the country. The processing depends on Mash's plan of actions. "I don't know what he is thinking about. I am yet to talk to him. I will sit with him within a couple of days to know what he is thinking about his retirement," the BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon said journalists on Thursday.
Mash was thought to be taken rest after World Cup. But he blew away the gospel and was fervent carry on playing. But he missed the Sri Lanka tour for injury. The veteran cricketer possibly will call his days off at his home ground but there is no one-day game at home for Bangladesh in next one and a half year. So, the BCB contemplating to arrange a 50-over match with Zimbabwe after the T20i tri-series if Mashrafe wants to play the last game of his career.