Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan on Monday said that Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza will continue his international career as long as the player is fit and board is in no position to discard him currently.
Bangladesh’s most successful captain Mashrafee broke his finger in the final match of the three-match Twenty20 international series against hosts New Zealand that further shattered the morale of Tigers, who faced the drabbing of 3-0 in the series.
The Tigers, who were high flying under the auspicious of Mashrafee over the last two years, also faced the humiliation of 3-0 defeat in the preceding one-day international series and the rumours were spread that Mashrafee would retire from international Twenty20.
Nazmul said that currently Mashrafee was doing fine as a captain and a bowler and there is no hint from the physio about any major physical issue that may compel him to retire.
‘Firstly I feel we will keep him till he is fit,’ said board president at a press conference.
‘But now there is something else that also needs to be considered,’ he added.
‘Firstly we are picking him as a captain and he can always be picked as a captain. Secondly he is a bowler and from information that I gathered he bowled well in every Twenbty20 series apart from the last game.
‘So there is nothing that we have to drop him because he cannot bowl. It can happen that a player might opt to play fewer matches and there can be physical problem as well. But the player, management or physio did not tell me any such thing.’
Nazmul told private television channel on Sunday, the day Mashrafee broke his finger, that he did not know anything about the retirement issue and was confident that the skipper would not take any step without consulting him.
‘If Mashrafee wants to retire he will have to take the decision. Nether he did not speak anything about it nor does the team management want any such thing at the moment.’
Nazmul claimed that Mashrafee shares every decision with him and he was absolutely sure that Mashrafee has no retirement plan till now.
‘I talk with Mashrafee on everyday basis. In fact I speak with Tamim [Iqbal], Sakib [al Hasan], Mashrafee, Mushfiq [Rahim] and Riyad[ Mahmudullah] before every match. Mashrafee did not tell me anything in this regard.
‘I firmly believe he won’t take any such decision without consulting me because of the relationship we share. Why would he retire there? Even if he had to take such a step he will have to come to Bangladesh and we will discuss about it and later he will take his decision.
‘I spoke with Mashrafee this morning, he was surprised and rather asked me, if I take such a decision will I not speak to you before that?’
Nazmul said that he also asked BCB’s CEO, who is in New Zealand with the Bangladesh team currently, about the rumour of Mashrafee retirement but he confirmed him that there is no substance in it.
‘BCB CEO told me whether Mashrafee speak with me about anything and I asked what about when he replied that everyone was whispering in the field that Mashrafee would retire from Twenty20 cricket. ‘
‘I asked him whether he told him anything about this and he replied that he did not tell him anything about it and this is how it stands.’
However, the president said there are players in the current Bangladesh side who are capable of filling shoes of Mashrafee if decided to quit.
‘There are many players who can take the leadership after Mashrafee. Already we have two vice captains in Sakib and Tamim and apart from that there is Mahmudullah and we are impressed with his captaincy. There will be one among the three.’
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