Mashrafe Mortaza stands by his words, not to make a comeback in T20Is

Mashrafe Mortaza stands by his words, not to make a comeback in T20Is

Mashrafe Mortaza is currently leading the Tigers in the ODI series against South Africa.

Mashrafe Mortaza
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.(Photo by -/AFP/Getty Images)

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has decided not to make a comeback in T20I cricket. Mortaza had announced his retirement from the shortest format of the game earlier this year. He had a fall out with the coach during the 2-match T20I series against Sri Lanka and decided not to continue playing in the shortest format of the game.

It has been reported that the board authorities have tried to convince Mashrafe Bin Mortaza to make a return in T20I for Bangladesh. T20I captain Shakib-Al-Hasan too requested Mortaza to make a return to the side but the pacer still held on to his ground and decided not to stay back for the T20I series against South Africa.

Mortaza disappointed after the defeat

The ODI skipper of the Tigers was very disappointed after losing the 1st ODI against Proteas. South Africa chased down 279  without losing a single wicket. “We have a chance to make a comeback in the next two games,” Mashrafe said. “It is only natural to have a lot of talk around us but the players have to fight. We will do everything possible. The result is not coming in our favour which makes it hard to keep the positive mentality.

“I think they would have chased the total regardless, but we should have taken at least five or six wickets in the process. It may have put them under some pressure, but our bowling was just disappointing. It will be hard for us to do well if we keep bowling this way.”

Mortaza also said that his bowlers could not built enough pressure and therefore both Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock never felt it challenging. “In ODIs, bowling in partnerships becomes more important. You can’t keep leaking runs from one side because the one who is bowling well then can be taken for ones and twos. What we missed today was pressure from both ends, especially in the middle overs. But we couldn’t do it from start till end.”