BCB aims to make a grand farewell for Mashrafe
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) made a plan to give Mashrafe Bin Mortaza an eminent farewell because of his immense contribution to the country’s cricket, the daily sun.
The plan was disclosed by the BCB president Nazmul Hassan among the widespread retirement discussion of the ODI captain, who is yet to make it clear when he will walk into the sunset.
Watching the match amid the parliamentary team of Bangladesh and Pakistan, Nazmul Hasan told the reporters in London, “We want to make an eminent farewell for him because he has uncountable contribution for our cricket.”
On July 9, the first segment of Inter-Parliamentary Cricket World Cup kicked off as different country’s politicians locked horns on a different turf in London amid the drumbeat of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.
As a parliamentarian, Mashrafe was believed to take part in this tournament but his physical problem was the reason in not playing the tournament.
Nazmul added, “We want to make his farewell as beautiful as we can do our best. I think we should give him farewell in our country. I have told him this the last time when I talked to him. We want to make it memorable.”
However Mashrafe’s retirement issue grabbed attention after his rare failure in the World Cup in which he took just one wicket from eight games, averaging 361, his worst for any tournament. He conceded 6.44 runs per over.
Rumours were spread that the most successful captain of the country’s cricket history would bid goodbye to the cricket after Bangladesh’s last match against Pakistan in this World Cup.
Bangladesh lost the match by 94 runs but Mashrafe remained quiet about his retirement issue, saying that he would take the decision after returning to the home.
But despite Mashrafe’s ordinary performance, the BCB president hasn’t seen any replacement of the player of his capacity right at the moment.
“As a player he has no alternative. As captain there is no question that we can get someone like him again,” Nazmul said.
“I always say we haven’t any replacement for two players-Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.”
“They are irreplaceable. We won’t get any player like Shakib Al Hasan and we won’t get a captain like Mashrafe. Apart from them, we will have the replacement of other players.”
Bangladesh will play a three-match ODI series in Sri Lanka later this month. And there is no ODI series scheduled in this year in Bangladesh. Mashrafe is currently playing just ODI format of cricket.
But BCB president didn’t make it clear how and when they will arrange a farewell series for the country’s most successful captain.