Bangladesh one-day international skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza on Friday expressed his interest to continue playing cricket but left the fate of his international career on the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the national selectors.
‘What am I doing now? I am not playing for fun, I am playing seriously,’ Mashrafee told reporters in Mirpur after a Bangladesh Premier League match of his Dhaka Platoon team.
‘I am still playing and enjoying it. If one-day cricket comes and they [the selectors] give me chance then I will definitely play.
‘At the end of the day cricket is priority for me. I play cricket by heart. Wherever I play, either in national team or any other place, I have done the same.
‘Now I am playing in BPL. I will play in Dhaka [Premier] League next. It is not necessary that a player has to play in national team only and if he doesn’t play in national team, he is not a player. I don’t think there is any necessity to give me such priority.
‘It is not necessary to give me a grand farewell from the field. I am happy with what I am. I am enjoying the game and national team is still far ahead,’ he added.
Mashrafee has not played any international match for Bangladesh since the World Cup last year, where he could claim just one wicket in eight matches.
He was expected to lead the team in three-match series in Sri Lanka but pulled out of the series at the eleventh hour with a hamstring injury.
BCB wanted to arrange an ODI match against Zimbabwe in September to give him a farewell but Mashrafee refused the offer.
With Zimbabwe scheduled to again visit in February to play a Test and few limited over matches, the talks about his retirement resurfaced.
The cricketer-turned politician said he was yet to decide about his retirement and also said that it was not necessary for him to bid goodbye from the field.
‘I am just enjoying whatever I am playing now. I don’t know whether I will retire from the field or not as I am yet to make any decision on it,’ he said.
Mashrafee, however, admitted his performance in the World Cup did not warrant him a place in the squad and left the decision on the selectors in this regard.
‘There is a matter of selection. I don’t count myself in the team after taking one wicket in eight matches. If the selectors think that they will give me a chance, I will definitely try my best to fulfill their expectations.
‘How can I say that I will be in the team after taking one wicket in eight matches? If anyone else was in my place, he would definitely get axed from the team,’ he added.
Mashrafee’s indecision made the job tricky for the selectors as he is the current captain of the ODI side, which guaranteed his selection in ODIs.
The BCB is unlikely to sack him from the position considering his past contribution and iconic status and Mashrafee also did not make it clear if he has any intention to resign as captain.
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