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Mashrafe decided about retirement, Rhodes says





ছবি : BCB- Roton Gomes

|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes insisted that ODI’s skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will decide about his retirement plan and people should leave spare him now.

Since Bangladesh went out of the World Cup there is widespread speculation that Mashrafe might end his 18-year long international journey at Lords the inspirational skipper insisted that he wanted to continue beyond the World Cup.

The present captain's performance in the World Cup has come under scrutiny due to the fact that he is not delivering like the way he used to do before- picking only one wicket in seven matches so far.

‘’The one thing about Mashrafe with the players is that they respect him incredibly. I often use the word warrior, but he goes to war for the team, does Mashrafe, and people respect that, understand that, and they love him because of that. The players in the dressing room do love Mash, and this is -- he has said it's his last World Cup, and it will be emotional for him,’’ said Rhodes

‘’My job is to, yes, let's get that done. Let's understand and respect Mash's situation regarding his last game in World Cup but then concentrate on the cricket. Hopefully, the boys will give him the right sort of respect playing his last game in the World Cup, but then most importantly, we'll concentrate on the match,’’ he said adding that the hype in the social media is not affecting the team.

‘’No it does not affect the team…Lots of media and social media hype. They use the headlines. That’s not really going to effect. You know Mashrafe will decide himself with the ball and I think that and I think everybody should leave that to him,’’ he said.

A number of retirements from international cricket are on the cards by the end of 2019 World Cup. There have been players who have served their respective teams over the last two decades and one of them is Mashrafe Mortaza but the Bangladesh captain is not thinking of retiring immediately after the World Cup.