Dhaka: Veteran bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has announced to step down as the Bangladesh ODI captain after the third ODI of ongoing series against Zimbabwe.
The 36-year-old while talking to the pre-match press conference of third ODI in Sylhet announced his decision after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan declared that the Zimbabwe series will be his last as captain.
However, the most successful captain for Bangladesh in ODIs will continue playing if selected. He has led Bangladesh in 87 matches, winning 49 and losing 36.
“I want to announce something, tomorrow will be my last game as captain. I am thankful to cricket for counting on me for a long time and would also like to thank my team members and players that have played under me on different occasions,” he said.
“It was not a decision for me. It is a journey that started five-six years ag, under whom I played and whom I led. All of them have helped me very closely,” Mashrafe added.
It must be noted that after the Zimbabwe series Bangladesh have to face Pakistan for one-off ODI in Karachi on April 1.