Bangladesh one-day international captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza on Sunday defended his decision to join politics and dropped a broad hint about retiring from international cricket after the World Cup next year.
In his first public statement since seeking nomination for 11th parliamentary elections from ruling Bangladesh Awami League, Mashrafee said ‘need of the hour’ prompted him to make the decision.
‘I don’t know what is waiting for me in next four and half years after the World Cup. So I made an assessment of time. I listened to the need of the hour. Because I believe, work should be done in due time,’ he said in the statement posted in his official fan page in Facebook.
‘I believe that every conscious, worthy and honest Bangladeshi should enter politics. Maybe many can’t find the courage for many reasons and mental limitations. I thought that it was important to break this mental barrier. So, I myself took the initiative to fulfil my desire,’ he said.
Mashrafee’s statement came on the same day when the ruling party confirmed his nomination from Narail-2 constituency for the upcoming election scheduled on December 30.
Mashrafee said his intention was not to hurt any group and sought the blessings from all for his election campaign.
‘I’m again saying that I have no intention of hurting any person or group. I’m only trying to fulfil the need of the hour. I hope that your love will help me go forward in this innings as well,’ he said.
Mashrafee recalled his emotional journey in cricket and thanked for love they have shown for him throughout his career, especially during the World Cup, a tournament that he missed for injury.
‘The impulse of politics was inside me from the beginning. I always believed that without politics the development of a nation can’t be effectively possible,’ he said.
‘I get huge affection while playing cricket. Otherwise I could get lost in 2011. This Mashrafee would not have existed till date otherwise.
‘The love I get from you in 2011, it helped me continue in these seven years. Now I got a chance to do something for my countrymen,’ he added.
Mashrafee is the first Bangladeshi to join politics while still continuing as a player.
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