Mashrafe Mortaza has undoubtedly been the best skipper Bangladesh ever got. He served his nation untiringly but has not got what he deserves as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is rushing for his retirement.
The player wishes to play till the World Cup 2023 but BCB clearly has announced their will for Mashrafe Mortaza’s retirement. The player has shown his disappointment over the scenario and said that he didn’t expect this from the board.
He cleared BCB that he did not play for money but he wanted to serve his nation or else he would have accepted the offers made by external sources of worth than 8 crores.
“All of a sudden there was this rush to push me (out). All I know is that I have given my life to cricket even though I was torn apart and bleeding inside. If money was the main criteria, I could have done many things, more so when my career was troubled with so many injuries. I didn’t even go to play in ICL when I had an offer of BDT eight crores. I didn’t do that. I have played cricket by giving my life and maybe I could not become such a great player. But at least I expect some kind of respect”, Mortaza said.
“They spoke about my salary, asking why would the board pay someone without anything in return? Have I been playing cricket for 18 years thinking about money? If I thought about money, there were many opportunities for me then. I did not play cricket for money. What was worse is that they spread rumors like the Bangladesh team played nine and a half players in the World Cup. Do you feel I deserve this? Maybe they [board] wanted to give me a better farewell but you must see my side as well. There were talks about me going for the Sri Lanka tour. I would have gone to Sri Lanka if I had not been injured,” he said.