Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza announced that the third and final ODI will be his last of the captain of the side. All of the cricketers who are playing at the national level have a good bond with the inspirational captain and consider him as a part of their family. The cricketers have found him as their shield and support during difficult times in their careers and the stalwarts in the side like Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah had their say along with a few others on the captain’s announcement in the afternoon, a decision they were made aware of a few hours before the afternoon press conference.
There is no replacement for Mashrafe bhai. He is a part of the family, he is not only an elder brother to us but a big part of it. I will miss him as a captain. Our side had a big change since he took charge as captain not only on the field but off the field too. I will hope he will continue playing till he can. It is an experience in itself to play with him and under him. I hope he will be able to give more to Bangladesh cricket in future.
I have enjoyed a lot playing under him not only because of the fact that he has been a fantastic captain but also because he has been a friend and a brother. It has been six years since he took charge and MashAllah brought a lot of success for the team. I wish him luck for his future and there is no doubt that he is a legend of the game for Bangladesh.
It is tough to express Mashrafe bhai in words. The cricketers, cricket board and the supporters should never forget his contribution to Bangladesh cricket. He should remain in us all the time. We were at a stage in 2015 and then got lifted till 2019, led by him. The way we are treated in ODIs around the world now has been possible just because of him. It is impossible to forget what he has done for me and for us. I wish him luck and will hope we get to more of him as a player.
I am sad since I heard about it [his decision to step down]. I do not have words to express bhai [Mashrafe]. He was the one who got me into the team. It is a sad day for all of us.
I will definitely miss him. He is the best captain we had in Bangladesh. You cannot express the support that he has been to cricket, especially to the juniors. I made my debut under him so it was a big achievement for me. He was always beside me and I saw his support to anyone new who comes into the team.
We all know how he was to the cricketers as captain and he is exceptional as an elder brother. We would go to him for any sorts of trouble and he would always be there to support us. I got to know a little while ago that he will not be captain anymore and that it will be his last game [as captain] tomorrow. Of course, we will miss him a lot. Will definitely see him as a leader doesn’t matter where we get to play next.
Not only for me but he has affected all the players in the country. He was always there as an important support when we got into the national team. We will miss him as a person and as a captain.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz
I have played of around 40 ODIs under him and no day was different, he was always there as a support to me and to the team. We will miss. We, the juniors in the team, got a little of him but this is an experience for us to remember for the rest of our lives and we were lucky. We have won a lot of matches under him.
Al Amin Hossain
He is the most successful captain in the country. He was always there as a protector of the team and had never let negativity touch us. It would have been better if he had stayed a bit more with us as captain. But then again it depends on the policy makers and individuals. I will pray so that he remains with us as a player for some more time.