BCB president, Nazmul Hasan Papon recently talked about Bangladesh cricket team’s performance in the recent limited overs series against New Zealand and the future of the Tigers.
Nazmul Hasan talked about the recent injury of Mustafizur Rahman and he said that Mustafiz had wanted to return home in the middle of the New Zealand series.
Papon said, “Mustafizur wanted to come back to Bangladesh. He was in fact supposed to play in the third T20I. When I heard that he won’t be playing, I spoke to him because I was concerned. He told me that he still felt some pain. That wasn’t good news because we are thinking of playing him in the second Test as well.”
He added, “You all know that it’s a bit difficult to communicate with him sometimes. So when I asked him what happened, he just said ‘batha’ [pain] and nothing else. I called the team management, I called Mashrafe [Bin Mortaza], Shakib [Al Hasan], the chief selector and everyone. I asked them to sit with him and find a solution.”
Nazmul Hasan also said, “And then I called Bayjid[ul] Islam [former Bangladesh physio] and I made him talk to Mustafizur. Bayjid then told me that yes, he does have a problem, but it’s not related to his shoulder [where he was operated upon] but his hip. Then I asked Bayjid to convey the message to our physio [Dean Conway]. He wanted to come back, but I asked them to give him the best possible treatment there and then return.”
Meanwhile, Mustafizur’s future of playing in IPL is not sure yet. The pace sensation had a fantastic season of IPL in the last year which was his first season too. He was the main man behind Sunriser’s championship in the last season.
Papon said, “It’s a big deal for a player when he gets a chance to play in the IPL. He got an award there last season. You also can’t ignore the financial benefit from the IPL. However, one thing is clear. If he is not fully fit, BCB will not take even one per cent risk regarding him.”
Recently, Mashrafe’s retirement has been a hot topic in Bangladesh cricket arena. Couple of Media organizations reported about Mashrafe’s retirement and thats why everyone is talking about it. BCB president also talked about this incident and he demolished all the rumors.
Nazmul Hasan Papon said, “I speak to Mashrafe every day. If he had to announce his retirement he would first have to tell me. I spoke to him regarding the issue and he said that he had no such desires. He hasn’t told me anything about it, neither have I heard of anything like this from the team management.”
Meanwhile, Nazmul Hasan papon also hinted everyone about the future captain of Bangladesh cricket team. Mashrafe won’t be able to play for long because of his injury and age. So, BCB is thinking of making others ready from now for the job.
BCB President said, “Mashrafe will play as long as he remains fit. There is no confusions for his captaincy too. But, after Mashrafe we have to think about Shakib or Tamim for the captaincy. Mahmudullah has a good chance too.”