Bangladesh is returning to international cricket after nine long months of stagnation due to coronavirus pandemic. The West Indies team is coming to Bangladesh to play a series against the Tigers.
The board have announced the Bangladesh team’s squad for the series. However, former successful ODI skipper and veteran bowler Mashrafe bin Mortaza is no longer playing in this series. The experienced campaigner failed to make the Tigers squad for the series.
Now, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan thinks that the team will miss Mashrafe’s experience in the upcoming Windies series.
Akram Khan shared his views to the media regarding Mashrafe in Mirpur on Saturday. The former cricketer of the national team has no doubt about Mashafe’s ability and thinks his void will be big miss for the Tigers in the upcoming series.
Akram Khan said, “Mashrafe is a great player, no doubt. He is the best captain, the country has ever seen. Not having a player like him in the squad has reduced the strength of the team. The vast experience that he brings will be missed and everyone will feel that.”
Mashrafe stepped down from the captaincy during Bangladesh’s last International series against Zimbabwe amid the relentless talk of his retirement.
He however refused to retire from cricket and vowed to continue it until he feels that he is fit enough to play competitive games.
The West Indies side is due to arrive in Bangladesh today (Sunday) for two Tests and three-match ODI series.