BCB chief points fingers at media for Mashrafe’s Saturday outburst
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon has pointed fingers at the news media on Sunday, claiming that the media personnel went too far which prompted the Bangladesh 50-over skipper to reacted angrily on the eve of the ODI match against Zimbabwe.
Speaking to the media at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, the BCB boss also said Mashrafe has rights to decide about when he would walk into the sunset, as he has had immense contribution for the country’s cricket.
“What I think about his press conference [Saturday] is that you [media] guys were poking him, pressuring him, the time when you have to support him, you guys are giving him more pain. I think we shouldn’t discuss about it, he said what he wanted to. Who will be the captain, the board will decide. He (Mashrafe) will decide when he wants to retire,” said Papon on Saturday.
This statement comes on the back of Mashrafe’s Saturday outburst in front of the media when he lashed out at a journalist, asking if he was a thief that he would be ashamed of his recent off-form.
“The board will finalize who will be the captain. The board will decide someone as captain, whom they feel as good to do the job,” Papon said before further adding, “He (Mashrafe) will decide when he will retire from the cricket. Let him decide.”
Mashrafe sort of came back to his elements during the first ODI against Zimbabwe on Sunday, as he returned figures of two for 35 from 6.1 to help his side pick up a record 169-run win over the visitors.