Mashrafe Mortaza leaves central contract, received offer of ‘grand farewell’

Bangladesh one-day international skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza has withdrawn himself from the central contract of the national team. 

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Meanwhile Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has offered the 36-year old a ‘grand farewell’ to bid adieu from international cricket finally.

With concern increasing about his fitness and form to appear in field action, speculations have also been spreading when the legendary figure of Bangladesh cricket would sum up his career. In the last nationwide general election, Mashrafe bin Mortaza was elected as a member of the parliament from Narail constituency for the ruling party.

Although he is playing in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL), Mashrafe’s performance has not so far reached up to the mark. He has taken just eight wickets in 12 matches so far.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon on Monday told reporters they just accepted Mashrafe’s proposal of not being able to continue as a centrally contracted cricketer anymore. BCB recently decided to increase the number of contracted players.

BCB president also added the board is willing to organize a farewell match for the long serving captain of the national team and an inspirational figure but it seemed Mashrafe did not come to agree with the offer.

“We want to give him a grand farewell in a way that no other player got. Now if he agrees, then it’s OK. But if he doesn’t want it, we have nothing to do,”

said BCB boss.

Meanwhile Mashrafe said, “I am just enjoying whatever I am playing now. I don’t know whether I will retire from the field, I have not yet decided,” he said.

“There is a matter of selection. I don’t automatically count myself in the team after taking one wicket in eight matches. If the selectors think that they will give me a chance, I will definitely try my best to fulfill their expectations,” he added.


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