Bangladesh news January 18, 2016

Bangladesh deserves more limelight after successful 2015 - Mashrafe


Mashrafe Mortaza: "I wish that those in the Bangladesh team have books written about them too" © Associated Press

Mashrafe Mortaza thinks his Bangladesh team-mates deserve more limelight after a successful 2015 in international cricket. To add to that, they have started 2016 with two successive wins over Zimbabwe in the T20Is despite a few key players being injured.

"It is really inspiring to have a book written about me at the fag end of my career," Mashrafe said at the launch of his biography written by Debabrata Mukherjee. "I wish that those in the Bangladesh team have books written about them. People will know more about them. I feel that our whole team is playing with a coordinated effort and that includes the players, coaches and the board as well."

Mashrafe said that Bangladesh would continue to experiment with their combinations in the third T20 against Zimbabwe on January 20, and some of it would be forced after they rested Mustafizur Rahman and Al-Amin Hossain, while Mushfiqur Rahim was ruled out after a hamstring injury.

"We are without two quick bowlers in Mustafizur and Al-Amin so we will have to replace them. Mushfiqur is also injured so there have to be three changes in any case," he said.

The programme was attended by the entire Bangladesh team present in Khulna along with the coaching staff. The organisers arranged a unique press conference, with the floor being thrown open to the Bangladesh players to fire away questions to their captain.

Imrul Kayes queried about a possible autobiography from Mashrafe, while Taskin Ahmed wondered if he ever thought a boo would be written about him when he started playing. Trainer Mario Villavarayan, not surprisingly, asked how he managed to bounce back from numerous injuries that have hampered him over the course of the last 14 years. Mashrafe, who was jocular mostly, got a touch emotional with his response, recalling the tough times he had to face while being out injured.

The programme warmed up when Tamim Iqbal asked Mashrafe about their gym times, while coach Chandika Hathurusingha joked about Mashrafe's mannerisms before the start of a match. Mahmudullah said that when Mashrafe became Bangladesh captain for the first time in 2009, he had given each team member a letter to tell them what is expected of them.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  •   Lutfor Rahman on January 21, 2016, 2:56 GMT

    Congratulation Mash. You are really an inspiring leader. You have shown, how to transform a perceived weak team into great challenger in the international cricket. Hope you will inspire someone within the team to carry on with your legacy. The people of the country should learn from your courage and spirit. Keep it up Mash!!

  •   Abdullah Al Noman on January 20, 2016, 12:35 GMT

    Best captain in the world. Love u mash!!!

  •   Forman Mostafa on January 20, 2016, 7:48 GMT

    U r the world best captain i have ever u mash

  • Razowan on January 19, 2016, 14:16 GMT

    Bangladesh ever got the enchanting skipper Mash.He has the super inspirational quality to influence others team member .

  • Cricinfouser on January 19, 2016, 11:05 GMT

    As a people from Narail (home of our beloved captain) i know how he can be so motivating for others. He could swam the beautiful Chitra river several times for just fun when he was young while others couldnt. Love you Mash. From Narail- Ujirpur Village...

  • DINESH on January 19, 2016, 6:50 GMT

    Year after year, losses after losses against all teams including associate teams, finally in 2015 BD started winning home and away matches under Mashrafe captaincy. If he plays for another 4 years, BD will definitely take WC2019. Mustafizur will be a definite threat for all batsmen. Fearing facing Mustafir, Australia cancelled their tour against BD. Another young prospect Amir is nothing but a bubble which was bursted by Kane and Guptil recently.

  • Tanveer on January 19, 2016, 4:12 GMT

    I want that biography. Where and how can I acquire it from North America?

  • Nazrul on January 19, 2016, 3:38 GMT

    Mashrafe is the best leader for our Bangladesh Team

  • Sumon on January 18, 2016, 20:04 GMT

    Mehdi is surely one for the future. And you would expect people who captain age group teams to someday captain the senior team. But its difficult to judge what kind of player becomes a good captain, Mushfiq was a captain from U-19 days. But he was not a great national team captain. Mainly because he is too static in this thinking. Shakib was a good captain but he did not handle the diplomacy side very well. Tamim was not impressive when he was given the responsibility. We are lucky to have Mashrafi for now. But in 2-3 years Bangladesh need to find another good captain like him. If it was upto me, I would give the responsibility to Shakib.

  • K F Iftekharul on January 18, 2016, 19:55 GMT

    Mashrafi is the best possible option for Bangladesh as a coach after his retirement.

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