Gibson suggests Mashrafe to retire from international cricket
Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson has urged Mashrafe Bin Mortaza to retire from international cricket. As he feels that head coach Russell Domingo isn’t making plan keeping him in consideration for World Cup 2023.
Mortaza resigned from captaincy during Bangladesh’s last home series, against Zimbabwe in February. But he hasn’t made any announcements about retirement.
Gibson said Domingo has to look at several younger bowlers to build a team in the next three years. Gibson suggested that Mortaza still can advise the youngster for the future as his position in the team is questioning from 2018.
“I think he has had an outstanding international career,” Gibson told the Bengali daily Prothom Alo on Monday.
“He has done himself and his country proud. With the next World Cup in 2023, any international coach will now start to build a team. I am quite sure that’s what Russell will be thinking. So he would want to see players like young Hasan Mahmud, [Mohammad] Saifuddin, Shafiul [Islam] and Ebadot [Hossain]. We haven’t seen Ebadot in white-ball cricket yet. There’s Taskin [Ahmed] and Khaled [Ahmed] gets fit again. We have Hasan and [Mehedi Hasan] Rana. So there’s a lot of young cricketers in the country.
“I think if Russell is now trying to build a team for the future, then I don’t know what part Mashrafe will have to play in that. Perhaps now is his time, with all that’s going on in the world, to move on. He can find other ways to pass on his vast knowledge and experience to the young guys. I don’t think he has to be on the field to be able to pass on what he has learned over his career. He needs to find other ways to pass on that message,” Gibson said to prothom alo.
This is the first time a coaching staff member has explicitly asked Mortaza to retire from International cricket. Mortaza has picked 269 international wickets from 218 matches. Despite his long absences due to mostly leg injuries in the first 10 years of his career, he has only missed five ODIs in the last five years. However, he only took one wicket in the 2019 World Cup, which brought into question his place in the team.