Ottis Gibson says Mashrafe Mortaza should hang up his boots from international cricket
Bangladesh fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson says Mashrafe Mortaza should retire from international cricket as he isn’t in the plans for the World Cup in 2023.
Mortaza has already stepped down from his captaincy role in February this year. His last game as a captain was against Zimbabwe in Bangladesh’s home series.
Gibson said Bangladesh’s head coach Russell Domingo will look up younger bowlers to build a squad for the World Cup, which essentially means they’ll have to look past Mortaza.
"I think he has had an outstanding international career," Gibson told the Bengali daily Prothom Alo [as quoted by Cricinfo]. "He has done himself and his country proud. With the next World Cup in 2023, any international coach will now start to build a team.
However, Gibson said that Mashrafe could find other ways to pass on his vast experience to the younger players.
“I think if Russell is now trying to build a team for the future, then I don't know what part Mashrafe will have to play in that. Perhaps now is his time, with all that's going on in the world, to move on. He can find other ways to pass on his vast knowledge and experience to the young guys.
“I don't think he has to be on the field to be able to pass on what he has learned over his career. He needs to find other ways to pass on that message."
Gibson was also critical of the attitude towards fast bowling in order to succeed at home or overseas. He explained the reason that pace bowlers lacked in experience and needed to get more exposure in pressure situations in domestic cricket.
"The bowlers genuinely have a lot of skill but they lack in experience. They only get one spell in domestic cricket. Even if they pick two fast bowlers, the captain generally tends to go to the spinners if there's a crisis. The fast bowlers never really get to bowl in pressure situations.
"It is a very different story when we go abroad. We are relying on the fast bowlers to do the job away from home but they lack in experience in closing out games, even back home in domestic cricket. We must look at the way we play domestic cricket."