Mashrafe steps down as Bangladesh one-day captain
Sylhet, Bangladesh: Bangladesh pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, one of the country's biggest sports stars, stepped down Thursday as captain of the national one-day side, possibly ending his international career.
Friday's 50-over game against Zimbabwe in Sylhet will be his last as captain, said the 36-year-old, who already has a new career as a member of parliament.
Mashrafe said he would remain available for selection as a player, but selectors are under pressure to bring in fresh blood ahead of 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 had not played any one-day internationals since last year's World Cup until the current Zimbabwe series. He claimed three wickets in the first two matches.
Bangladesh won both to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Mashrafe, who withdrew from a lucrative national team contract in January, said the decision to rebuild the team for the next World Cup had convinced him to step down.
"Until yesterday I was undecided, but this morning I thought 'that's enough'," he said.
Bangladesh call up uncapped spinner for Zimbabwe T20s
Bangladesh have called up uncapped left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed for their 15-man squad for the upcoming two-match Twenty20 International series against Zimbabwe.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin make a return to the squad, but selectors left out batsmen Mohammad Mithun and Nazmul Hossain, and pace bowler Rubel Hossain.
Mushfiqur skipped Bangladesh's previous Twenty20 series in Pakistan over safety concerns, while Saifuddin has been out of action since July with a back injury.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they called up 25-year old Ahmed as a back-up. - AFP