5 current players who are unnecessarily prolonging their careers

5 current players who are unnecessarily prolonging their careers

There have been players who’ve done exceedingly well in their careers but they have faded away in the recent past.

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Retiring is a personal decision and it depends on every individual. Some players like to be very open about it and some keep it behind closed doors. But the timing of the retirement has become a key aspect and there are some who haven’t done that well in recent times.

There have been players who’ve done exceedingly well in their careers but they have faded away in the recent past. Age isn’t on their side either and there has been a lot of speculation around these big players. Thus, it seems like they are unnecessarily prolonging their careers. In fact, there have been quite a few big names who have prolonged their careers in the past and it’s no different now.

Here are five such players who currently seem to be extending their career unnecessarily:

1. Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza. (Photo Source: SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s been nearly decades since Mashrafe Mortaza made his international debut. However, it hasn’t been easy for him with the number of injuries he’s battled with, especially in the first half of his career. Yet, he’s managed to play 36 Test matches, 217 ODIs and 54 T20Is.

In fact, Mortaza is one of the reasons for Bangladesh’s rise in white-ball cricket over the last few years. He’s led the team inspirationally and has been instrumental to their success. However, he has struggled in the recent past. The 36-year-old fast bowler has taken just eight wickets from 15 ODIs since January 2019.

Due to injuries, the Norail-born pacer bid adieu to Test cricket early and last played in 2009. He quit T20Is in 2017 but he still continues to play ODI cricket. He had admitted that he will retire after the 2019 World Cup but he continued playing. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have also announced that the upcoming series against Zimbabwe will be Mortaza’s last as captain.