‘I have had the ability to be a pace – all rounder’ says Mashrafe

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Mashrafe's area of concernA career full of injuries and surgical restructuring of his physique, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s talent and potentials in international cricket had been deprecated through troubles and misfortunes.

Beginning his career as a full fledged pace bowler, the opportunities of being a solid hard hitter was in the realm of Mashrafe’ achievement. He has also admitted the fact, unfortunate though, not for only Bangladesh but also for himself.

After announcing the squad for ICC Champions Trophy, Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu, when asked about the scarcity of pace – all rounder in the team, said that skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is well able to fit in that position.

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“To be honest, I had the capabilities to prepare myself as a pace bowling all – rounder but I could not achieve that. If I looked back to my whole career, I could find several cameo innings of twenty – thirty runs for which Bangladesh appeared as winner. It appears sometimes as a fine contribution to have those runs from a batsman who bats at number eight or nine. I hope I will be able to continue scoring at least those runs for the team” – he said.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza scored 1724 runs batting in 129 innings of his 172 matches one day international career in an average of 14.40. He scored several half centuries as well. In Test cricket, Mashrafe played a highest 79 run knock in his 36 match career.