Mashrafe eyeing cricket beyond World Cup

Sports Correspondent

19 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza hinted that he is eyeing to continue cricket even after ICC World Cup 2019.

Mashrafe had already declared that it will be his last World Cup prior to his departure to take part in the global competition but due to his recent form many raised doubts whether he can prolong his career after the World Cup.

The inspirational skipper expressed that he is pretty sure that this will be his last World Cup but at present he has no intention to quit cricket all together.

Bangladesh team has a win percentage of 58.22 % under Mashrafe Mortaza. Bangladesh team also won their first-ever Tri-nation series trophy under Mashrafe. But after going through serious injuries and being elected as a Member of Parliament recently, there were some rumors that Mashrafe may announce his retirement after this World Cup. But Mash smashed those rumors.

“I never said that I will end my career here (in England),” Mashrafee told a private TV channel in England.

“What I have said that it’s my last World Cup for sure. And I don’t think this type of discussion is healthy for the team in the midst of the World Cup. I always tried to avoid this, I don’t want to discuss this right now,” he said.

Mashrafe’s World Cup performance hasn’t been up to the mark so far and he managed to take just one wicket so far in this tournament and due to it there are some people who are criticising him for putting up below-par performance.

Mashrafe has gone through seven knee operations in his career and he came back stronger every time as his captaincy has been instrumental for the Bangladesh team as he is the most successful captain of Bangladesh.

“It’s normal. It happens with the players all the time. It is not disappointing at all. When you are playing professional cricket and you cannot give your best, it is very natural that questions will be raised against you and you have to accept it,” told Mashrafe.

“Ultimately, I expect more from myself and try to contribute to winning effort in a match. When that does not happen, I question myself. Instead of what other people are saying, it is more important what I am feeling. If I am unable to give my best, the fact that I feel bad is more important to me,” he said.

Bangladesh is doing very well so far in the World Cup, they are currently in the fifth position at the point table. Bangladesh started their campaign memorably by beating South Africa but went into back foot after two back to back defeats against New Zealand and England. But Bangladesh came back strongly in their last match against West Indies, where they beat them by 7 wickets and chased down a mammoth total of 321 runs. Bangladesh will play against Australia in their sixth match on June 20.