Mashrafe in BCB’s plans for Zimbabwe series
Bangladesh’s ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is still in BCB’s (Bangladesh Cricket Board) plans for the upcoming Zimbabwe series next month.
Zimbabwe are expected to land in Bangladesh on Saturday (15th February) for one Test, three ODIs and two T20Is. The ODIs will take place on March 1st, 3rd and 6th at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
There has been a lot in the air on Mashrafe’s future since the last World Cup in England and Wales, where he had a sorry looking tournament in which he managed only one wicket in eight matches and his side finished 8th in the points table.
Speaking of Mashrafe, Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu has given a hint that the Narail Express might take part in the one-dayers. Although Bangladesh will face Zimbabwe in an one-off Test in Dhaka.
“We are yet to think on his future. We are thinking about the Test matches only since we have a Test (against Zimbabwe) at the moment. We will consider it right after the Test match ends,” Nannu said.
It has also been learnt that Mashrafe, along with Shakib Al Hasan, who is under ICC (International Cricket Council) suspension, will not be considered for BCB central contracts 2020-21.
ODI is the only format Mashrafe plays. He has not been seen in Bangladesh colours since the World Cup. After missing the ODIs in Sri Lanka with injury, BCB offered him a fairwell match against Zimbabwe last year which he turned down and asked for time.
Sources reveal Mashrafe will sit down with BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon soon to decide his future.