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Bangladesh’s former captain and legendary all-rounder, Mashrafe Mortaza has now opened up on the entire controversy surrounding his retirement. Mashrafe Mortaza has been away from international cricket since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. After the world cup, he last played for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe.
He was recently excluded from the central contracts list at his own request. BCB accepted his request, but it seems keen to hold a farewell for the star. BCB President said that the Board is ready to offer him a farewell only if he’s ready to accept it. But, Mashrafe refused the Board’s offer.
Now, Mashrafe has opened up on the entire incident and expressed his grief over BCB’s treatment of him during his rough patch lately.
Mashrafe Mortaza Opens Up On BCB’ Treatment Of Him
“Honestly speaking it seemed that there was a rush to bid me farewell and it was certainly hurting. Firstly, they had to arrange a match to bid me farewell and it was not a normal match – a normal bilateral series is something and arranging a special match in a hurry is something else,” Mashrafe Mortaza said.
“Secondly, they were prepared to spend BDT Two Crores for that match. From an ethical point of view it is not right considering our first-class cricket players are not getting paid enough,” he added.
Mashrafe’s Record Has Been Phenomenal For Bangladesh
In Tests, Mashrafe has scored close to 800 runs which include three half-centuries. He has picked 78 wickets in the format for the Bangladeshi tigers. Mashrafe has scored close to 1800 runs in the 50-overs format which includes a half-century. He has an impressive strike-rate of 87.67 in the ODIs. He has more than 350 wickets in the 50-overs format.
Mashrafe has played a total of 54 T20Is at international level and scored 377 runs with a strike rate of above 130. He has clinched 42 wickets for Bangladesh in the format.