Mashrafe takes two months to decide on his retirement

Sun Online Desk

17th August, 2019 04:29:06 printer

Mashrafe takes two months to decide on his retirement

Bangladeshi skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has sought time to make a decision on his retirement from one-day cricket, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan said on Saturday.

The BCB president disclosed this while making the announcement on the appointment of head couch at a press conference in the capital.

Nazmul Hasan said, “I have discussed the issue (retirement) with Mashrafe and he has requested us to give him two months to make the decision. The board has allowed him the time to decide.”

However, he didn’t clarify the details.  

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was expected to confirm his retirement thoughts after the recent World Cup in England and Wales where he claimed just one wicket in eight matches.

The 35-year-old seamer missed the latest Sri Lanka tour last month -- which the Tigers lost 0-3 -- due to hamstring injury and is facing a long absence from international cricket as Bangladesh are not scheduled to play any ODIs until June next year.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) last week said they were planning to host a one-off ODI sometime in September against Zimbabwe to organise a farewell for Mashrafe.

Zimbabwe will be visiting Bangladesh next month to play a tri-nation Twenty20 tournament involving the hosts and Afghanistan.

But the plan has been shelved following Mashrafe's meeting Saturday with board officials.

"He sought two months to make his final decision and we said that is fine," BCB president Nazmul Hassan told reporters.

The veteran made his Bangladesh debut in 2001 and played 36 Tests bagging 78 wickets before injuries pushed him to retire from the long-format game in 2009.

Dubbed the Narail Express" by his fans, after his birthplace, Mashrafe retired from international T20s in 2017 but kept playing 50-over ODIs despite multiple major surgeries on his knee.

He entered politics last year and won a seat as a member of parliament in the general election.

He has also been running the Narail Express Foundation charity which donates ambulances to hospitals and seeds to poor farmers.

Earlier, the BCB chief announced that Russell Domingo has been appointed as the Bangladesh head coach with his contract set to run for two years.

Domingo, the former coach of South Africa, will start his stint with the Bangladesh team from August 21.