Mashrafe Mortaza steps down as Bangladesh’s ODI captain


The Tigers have to discover a new skipper for the one-off ODI in opposition to Pakistan in April.

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza. (Picture Supply: OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP through Getty Photos)

Mashrafe Mortaza, the legendary Bangladesh cricketer, has stepped down because the ODI captain of the nationwide group. He’s at the moment plying his commerce within the Tigers’ dwelling ODI sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe. Over the previous couple of months, there have been loads of ruckus round his plans on the sphere. He was the skipper within the 2019 World Cup the place Bangladesh took down South Africa and West Indies.

However then his efficiency with the ball didn’t impress many. He received the solitary wicket of Jonny Bairstow and in addition didn’t full his quota on plenty of occasions. After the mega occasion, he made a return to aggressive cricket within the 2019-20 version of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). There he captained the Dhaka Platoon, who have been knocked out by Chattogram Challengers within the playoffs.

Mashrafe Mortaza- The tip of an period

Previous to that, he additionally requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for a while to take a closing name on his profession. Mashrafe can also be an MP from the Narail District after successful the elections. Following loads of chaos, it was discovered that the speedster can be picked for the ODIs versus Zimbabwe. Nazmul Hasan Papon, the BCB chief, additionally iterated that it could be the veteran closing sequence as ODI skipper.

Previous to the ODI sequence, Mashrafe additionally entered right into a brawl with a journalist. The scribe requested him whether or not he was ashamed of not having the ability to choose up wickets. The query irked Mortaza, who hit again, saying that he doesn’t play the game to sacrifice his self-respect. Furthermore, he additionally mentioned that he isn’t a thief and there’s no have to really feel shamed since he’s donning the Bangladesh colors.

Mashrafe was one of many one of many quickest bowlers in Bangladesh when he forayed into cricket. However common surgical procedures on his knees, buckled him down. Nevertheless, it couldn’t fizzle out the spirit from him as he took the Tigers to the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup, beating England.

Mashrafe stepping down signifies that Bangladesh might want to discover a new captain in a month’s time. The Tigers can be taking part in a one-off ODI in opposition to Pakistan on April 1 on the Nationwide Stadium in Karachi. It now stays to be seen if Mortaza will get picked on the premise of his performances.