Mashrafee feels it like Dhoni

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 20,2019

Mashrafee bin Murtaza

Bangladesh captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza speaks during a press conference at Mirpur on Friday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza on Friday likened his situation with former Indian captain MS Dhoni, saying that he did not feel embarrassed any more with questions over his retirement.

Mashrafee and Dhoni both were expected to clear their retirement plans after the recent World Cup in UK, which they struggled with individual form.

While Dhoni, who made a fifty in India’s losing semi-final to New Zealand, remained silent on his future, Mashrafee chose to defend his case after deciding to lead the team in a three-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka, starting next week.

‘To be honest, I don’t feel embarrassed or disappointed with it [retirement talks]. It’s normal everyone will consider my performance from their point of view,’ said Mashrafee.

‘As a player I am not close to MS Dhoni as he scored over 10,000 runs in ODIs. But at least in every press conference he has been asked the same question [retirement]. I think we should see it normally.

‘Being a player I could not deliver my best in the World Cup, both as a captain and a player and the team also failed to reach the semi-finals.

‘So it’s normal the question will be raised. I also see it this way. There’s is nothing else to consider,’ said Mashrafee.

Mashrafee picked up just one wicket in Bangladesh’s eighth place finish as the team could record only three wins against fellow strugglers South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Mashrafee was looking a way to heal their World Cup woes in Sri Lanka, where they will play the three ODIs on July 26, 28 and 31 at the Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo.

Mashrafee refused to confirm if it would be his last tour in abroad but indicated that he might not play in Sri Lanka again.

‘I don’t know if it’s my last tour. I am going there to play and only thinking about that... all I can say this will be my last tour in Sri Lanka,’ he said.

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