Prior to the third ODI against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh limited overs captain, Mashrafe Mortaza has confirmed that he will step down as Bangladesh’s ODI captain after the today’s fixture against Zimbabwe. The 36-year-old, taken by BCB chief Nazmu lHasan, has decided to step down from his position so that Bangladesh management can grow a future captain for the World Cup in 2023.
“I am quitting from captaincy after today’s match,” Mashrafe Mortaza said. ”I am thankful to Bangladesh Cricket Board for keeping trust in me and players who played under me during this timeframe. I am sure it was not an easy journey.
“I am thankful to everyone for backing me. If I am picked as a player, I will try to share all my experience with the next skipper and I am looking forward to it. I wish the next captain all the best,” he added.
Mortaza, also suggested that BCB should stick to their decision and, whoever they choose, must back the new captain until the 2023 World Cup.
‘I think BCB should stick with their decision and back the captain until the next World Cup. We definitely have senior players (and) they are obviously capable. Right now, the senior players we have… all of them are capable to lead the team. So, now we have to see whom the BCB will choose.”
Mortaza also insisted that there is a no. of senior players in the squad and whoever gets the captaincy has enough experience and skills to handle the severe pressure.
”Cricket is not the same as before. People are watching, media is watching, cameras are watching. With this much pressure, he will have to lead the team. I think they should settle this decision [of picking their next captain] by thinking a lot. Because those who have played for 12 or 14 years know how to handle you [media] guys and the pressure from the outside. So, it depends on what they think about it. But it’s completely my personal opinion and the board will decide on it,” he noted.
Mortaza has been phenomenal in his captaincy stint that started back in November 2014. The fast bowler led the side in 87 games, winning 49 and losing 36- an unprecedented record as Bangladesh captain. The inspirational leader also led Bangladesh to their first-ever knockouts appearance at World Cup 2015.