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Mashrafee shocked at excessive retirement talk





Photo: BCB- Roton Gomes

|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee Bin Mortaza is shocked and surprised with the latest retirement-talks as he believes he did not change his mind from his earlier stance.

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.

Earlier, Mortaza had said that it will be his last appearance in a World Cup and since then there has been a lot of speculation going around on whether he wants to say good bye to his 18-year old international career following the tournament.

If Bangladesh Cricket Board insists, he might think otherwise but for Mortaza it's definitely not over yet.

“Of course, this is my World Cup. But I am not retiring at the end of the tournament. I don’t want to think about that this moment. The tournament is still going on, this can be harmful. At this type of moment, people tend to be emotional. But if the board wants, then I have to think about that,’’ said Mashrafee told Cricfrenzy on Saturday.

“I am still saying that I will talk about that later. I didn’t say anything about my retirement. I told, I will think about that after the tournament. I said, nothing changed regarding my retirement. As I didn’t declare my retirement, that means I will be playing,’’ he said.

“I don’t know, from where these are coming. I don’t bring these into my game. I didn’t want to talk about this. But when people ask, I must answer. But one thing for sure that I won’t take any decision in the middle of the tournament,’’ he concluded. BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus insisted that these retirement talks will hamper the team's performance during the tournament. "I think we should not talk about this retirement at this point of time because it will only make them lose their focus at the middle of the tournament," said Jalal. "We (BCB) haven't discussed anything about his retirement. At the moment we are totally focusing on the tournament and I request we refrain from highlighting anything that can disrupt our progress,'' Jalal concluded.