Mashrafe Mortaza: ‘Am I a Thief?

Mashrafe Mortaza: ‘Am I a Thief?

Mashrafe Mortaza: ‘Am I a Thief?

Mashrafe Mortaza expressed his thoughts regarding his retirement and low bowling returns during a press conference.

During a press conference last Saturday, Mashrafe Mortaza cleared all of the questions regarding his retirement. One of the topics brought up during the press conference is his disappointing returns during the World Cup last year. However, the topic was changed when the questions were raised about ‘self-respect’. 

‘Do I steal on the field. Am I a thief?’ Mortaza said to a journalist who asked about his ego throughout all of the retirement talks. ‘I just cannot make out what is the relation between self-respect or embarrassment in a game of cricket. So many offences are committed around - like stealing and corruption - and they don't have shame and if I don't get wickets on the field, that would make me feel embarrassed? Am I a thief?’, he said. 

‘I will be criticized if I am unable to pick wickets but why should I be embarrassed? I am playing for Bangladesh. If I can't do it, they will exclude me. This is simple. I am not playing against Bangladesh. Anyone can have bad form, but you can be questioned only if you are lacking dedication or discipline’, Mortaza added. 

Mortaza also stated that it is not necessary to reveal what is discussed with the board. Whether it’s his last series or not, the board president is responsible for such announcements. He also said that it is the management’s role to think about the selection and that he has nothing to do with it. 

On the other hand, Mortaza cleared that he is ready to travel to Pakistan and play in the upcoming one-off ODI in April. To learn more about ODIs, check out Betwala’s page for more information.

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