Mashrafe will get farewell at home: Papon
Was World Cup Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s last? Or how long will he play? The answers are yet to know. However, BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) wants to arrange a farewell series at home for Bangladesh most successful ODI captain.
There have been discussions on Mashrafe’s retirement after the World Cup which was ignited by his unexpected performance in England and Wales. He picked up just one wicket in eight matches.
Bangladesh are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka later this month. Mashrafe and his deputy Shakib Al Hasan’s participations are still under cloud. Mashrafe has been carrying grade 2 hamstring tear since Ireland tour while Shakib will be on pilgrimage.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon has finally opened up on Mashrafe. He told the reporters, “He deserves a farewell on home soil. Last time when we met him, we said- We want to give you a farewell at home.”
“He is a fighter. He was considering about dropping out a couple matches (in the World Cup). But he changed his mind and thought- I have played for my country throughout my life and now I will sit down for last two matches?
“Each and every player of our country should have this type of mentality,” he further added.
ODI is the only format Mashrafe plays currently. After Sri Lanka tour, Bangladesh’s next ODI series against Ireland (away) in 2020 May-June. In the same year, Bangladesh will host Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series in December.
BCB can still arrange additional series apart from FTP (Future Tour Programme). They have currently set up a T20I tri-series with Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in September this year.