Rafique retired thinking about future of Shakib, Razzak
Former Bangladesh cricketer Mohammad Rafique is one of the best spinner Bangladesh have ever produced. After the inception of cricket in Bangladesh, Rafique was one of the forerunner who paid a lot for the well-being of Bangladesh cricket.
With the time being of Bangladesh cricket, Bangladesh is now one of the superpower of modern cricket. But Rafique remained as one of the underrated cricketers in cricket history which led him to live a miserable life for not valuing his talent.
Although Rafique contributed a lot for Bangladesh cricket, but the end was not pleasurable to him. He didn’t have the retirement he wanted. He was pressurized from the selector panel to retire from the cricket. Rafique himself confessed the unpleasant ending of his career in a live chat with Bdcrictime.
Rafique stepped into international cricket in the ODI format on 1995. Five years later, he was introduced in the longest format. But unfortunately he couldn’t play for long in the Bangladeshi side. He managed to play only seven years to be in the playing XI. He picked 100 test wickets as a first Bangladeshi bowler. Although he was a bowler, but he sometimes emerged as a savior in batting during his career.
Although he had ambition to play in the Bangladeshi side for long but having pressurized from the board had led him to retire from the cricket.
“My farewell didn’t end well. Selectors always used to insist me to retire. When I used to go to practice, they told the same thing. They used to say that, they can’t arrange the perfect shape of the team for my presence. Though I would reply them that I am still performing. But they still annoyed me by this. After all these I decided to retire from the cricket,”
He was said to retire to find a place for young cricketing talent at that time like Abdur Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan. For his place in XI they wouldn’t get scope to play for the team. That’s why the selectors wanted him to replace by the newcomers.
“Actually there was no controversy between me and the board. I noticed that sometimes Shakib was playing well at my role and Razzak was waiting in the bench. Sometimes Razzak was showing his talent while Shakib missed out. That’s why I thought of greater interest and retired. That’s why they had played for a long tenure. If I would playthen one of them could be missed out,” Rafique reasoned.
Rafique played 33 Tests for Bangladesh and took 100 wickets while in ODIs he took 125 wickets in 125 matches.