“I won’t retire after the World Cup” – Mashrafe Mortaza
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza clears all the speculations about his post World Cup retirement and also confirms that he won’t be retiring at the end of the World Cup.
“This is certainly my last World Cup, however I won’t retire after the tournament,” Mashrafe told ESPNcricinfo. “I would prefer not to consider it right now, particularly with the competition still in advancement. It is a diversion. People become emotional during these occasions.”
But he said that if Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) give any hint about the retirement, then he will consider it obviously. “But if there’s a guidance from the board, I should consider it,” the 35-year old said.
Mashrafe had been in poor form recently especially in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. He took just one wicket in 6 matches till now with the average of 279.00. These poor performances had created much discussions about his retirement among the fans and others. What’s added more in the talks are his injuries and his political matters. He is a politician and became the member of the Bangladesh parliament at the start of this year.
But if it is all about captaincy, there will be few who criticize his captaincy. Mashrafe had been their true leader since for some times and all the recent success of Bangladesh had come with his leadership. BCB director Jalal Yunus also pointed out the fact and urged that BCB won’t take any decision about his retirement.
“He is leading the side very well, so we are not considering anything right now,” he said. “The choice is up to him, regardless of whether he needs to keep playing and driving the side or not. We leave the ball in his court.
“The board is completely focused on the World Cup, as we are currently in with an opportunity to play in the semi-finals.”