Author: Abhishek Rajan
The Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza has pulled himself out of the list of the centrally contracted players of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Mortaza, who plays just ODI cricket for Bangladesh now and captains the side, has been struggling with his form over the last eight months or so.
He had a torrid time with the ball in the ODI World Cup in England last year as he was able to take just one wicket in the eight games he played.
The 36-year old hasn’t looked much penetrative in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League either and there were questions if he was still good enough to deserve a central contract from the board.
Although the BCB had planned to offer Mortaza a central contract again despite him not meeting the desirable standards to earn the contract, the veteran medium-pacer himself conveyed to the board that he didn’t want it.
“We have accepted his proposal.” The BCB president Nazmul Hassan told the press.
The BCB had offered Mortaza a “grand farewell match” as well, but the Bangladesh skipper turned it down, thanking the board for their gesture.
Mortaza has insisted that he doesn’t consider himself an automatic pick in the Bangladesh ODI team anymore, as he hasn’t performed well enough for that. It’s up to the selectors to decide whether to pick him or not, but he definitely doesn’t want a farewell match.
“Till yesterday, I was a centrally contracted cricketer with the cricket board but not anymore. I thank the BCB for considering me to give me a proper send-off, but I don’t have much interest in it.” Mortaza was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Mortaza has, so far, played 217 ODIs for Bangladesh and has taken 266 wickets at an average of 32.92. He has represented Bangladesh in 36 Test matches and 54 T20 internationals as well.
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