Friday’s 50-over sport in opposition to Zimbabwe in Sylhet can be his final as captain, mentioned the 36-year-old, who already has a brand new profession as a member of parliament. Mashrafe mentioned he would stay accessible for choice as a participant, however selectors are underneath strain to herald recent blood forward of the 2023 World Cup in India.
“I would like to thank Bangladesh Cricket Board for keeping confidence in me for such a long period,” mentioned Mashrafe. “I will try to give my best as a player if I get the opportunity.”
Mashrafe had not performed any one-day internationals since final 12 months’s World Cup till the present Zimbabwe sequence. He claimed three wickets within the first two matches. Bangladesh received each to take an unassailable 2-Zero lead within the sequence.
Mashrafe, who withdrew from a profitable nationwide group contract in January, mentioned the choice to rebuild the group for the subsequent World Cup had satisfied him to step down. “Until yesterday I was undecided, but this morning I thought ‘that’s enough’,” he mentioned.
Mashrafe, who has had seven operations on his knees, acknowledged that he had been fortunate to play so lengthy. The bowler has cult standing in Bangladesh for his function in taking the group from being worldwide whipping boys to turning into a revered limited-overs facet. He led Bangladesh to 49 wins in 87 matches, making him Bangladesh’s most profitable one-day captain.
Mashrafe additionally led Bangladesh to 10 Twenty20 wins earlier than retiring from the format in 2017. He has not performed a Test since 2009 because of damage. Mashrafe received a seat in parliament for the ruling Awami League get together in an election in December 2018. The Bangladesh board needed to organise a grand farewell final 12 months, however Mashrafe rejected the provide.
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