Mashrafe steps down as Bangladesh ODI captain

Ahead of the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has announced his end as the skipper of Bangladesh 50-over side at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Thursday (March 5).Mashrafe steps down as Bangladesh ODI captain

The Narail Express confirmed that the third Zimbabwe ODI is going to be his last as the captain of Bangladesh.

“I want to announce something. The game tomorrow [Friday] will be my last as captain. I am thankful to cricket for counting on me for a long time and would also like to thank my team members and players that have played under me at different times. It was not a decision for me. It is a journey that started five six years ago – under whom I played and whom I led. All of them have helped me closely,” said Mashrafe.

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This announcement comes on the back of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hasan Papon’s statement prior to the commencement of the series that they would look for a new captain after this series.

Mashrafe, however, has said that he will continue as a player. As per the BCB boss, Mashrafe’s selection as a player for future tournaments will be subject to his beep test results.

Mashrafe since 2010 has led Bangladesh in ODIs in two parts and is the most successful, having won 49 and losing 36 in 87 matches – a record unparalleled in Bangladesh cricket.

If Bangladesh can secure another win in the third ODI against Zimbabwe to complete the clean sweep, it will earn Mashrafe a momentous milestone of having won 50 ODIs as Bangladesh captain.

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