Mashrafe Mortaza steps down as captain of Bangladesh's ODI side
Mashrafe Mortaza has announced that he will be stepping down as the captain of Bangladesh’s ODI side. Bangladesh’s third and final ODI against Zimbabwe on Friday will be his last as captain.
Mashrafe would remain available for selection as a player, but selectors are under pressure to bring in new players to prepare for the 2023 World Cup in India.
"I would like to thank Bangladesh Cricket Board for keeping confidence in me for such a long period," said Mashrafe.
"I will try to give my best as a player if I get the opportunity."
Mashrafe, who hadn’t played any one-day international since the last year’s World Cup in England, picked up three wickets in the two Zimbabwe matches.
"Until yesterday I was undecided, but this morning I thought 'that's enough'," he said.
Mashrafe, who has had to battle knee issues throughout his career, said he was lucky to play for Bangladesh for such a long period.
In 87 matches, he led Bangladesh to win in 49 matches, which made him Bangladesh’s most successful ODI captain.
Off the field, he is participating in politics – in December 2018, he won a seat in the parliament for the ruling Awami League party.