Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) planned to give ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza a fitting farewell in home ground considering his immense contribution for the country's cricket.
Although Mashrafe has not talked about his retirement issue yet but BCB chief Nazmul Hassan disclosed the plan regarding Mashrafe's retirement discussion of the ODI captain. Even Mashrafe is yet to make it clear when he will go to retirement.
"We want to give him a grand farewell, considering the fact that he has immense contribution for our cricket." Nazmul Hassan Papon told the reporters in London.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza admitted he needs time to decide his future amid speculation he will retire or resign following his team's World Cup exit. "We want to make his farewell as beautiful as we can to do. 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," He added.
Having first represented his country on the sport's grandest platform as long as 16 years ago, Mashrafe has been an integral part of the squad for years and has overseen their rise from cricketing minnows to new-age world beaters. But after a rare dismal World Cup in which he took just one wicket from eight games, Mashrafe's Mashrafe's retirement issue gained the momentum.
Despite Mashrafe's mediocre World Cup performance, BCB president hasn't seen any replacement of the player of his caliber 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."
Already played last ever World Cup, the 35-year-old might decide to continue featuring for the Tigers in the upcoming tour against Sri Lanka. Mashrafe has 217 caps for his country in the 50-over format and is the country's longest-serving captain, having led his team in more than 85 games.
He has been a part of some important milestones, such as winning a World Cup match against India, reaching the Champions Trophy semifinals, and most recently winning a tri-series in Ireland. He has inspired his team to put up some strong performances in the tournament as they could register their fourth win against Pakistan today.
However, Mashrafe has, of late, been riddled with health issues. Back injuries have sidelined him for quite some time over the last few years and slight niggles have become a common thing for him. Being a fast bowler, such injuries usually spell the end of a player's career and while Mashrafe has been extremely brave to keep returning to the national side, he might call it curtains soon.
Regardless, the team will have to sooner or later move on from a player who is one of the greatest cricketers the country has ever produced.
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