Bashar clarifies Mashrafe’s exclusion
Former Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been dropped from the 24-man primilaniry squad ahead of Bangladesh’s upcoming ODI series against West Indies.
The news came as a surprise for many cricket fans as Mashrafe has been seen in the cricket field recently to prepare himself for the forthcoming series. However, the selectors did not consider the 37-year old pacer and preferred the young cricketers over him.
Habibul Bashar, one of the members of the selection comittee has clarified why they dropped an experienced player like Mashrafe. He said “Look, Mashrafe has been serving us for 20 years. We all know what Mashrafe did. So I will not compare anyone with him. He was always the iconic player for us. What I said is that he has served our country over the years. As our chief selector stated we have to look to the future.”
“I still think he’s still good but one year, it’s going to be tough, that’s the reality. In that case, if we look ahead, we have to give a chance to someone new. We don’t think it’s right to compare him with anyone at the moment. It is not experimental rather it is to prepare them for the future,” he concluded.