Treat me as a player: Mashrafe

Dhaka, Tuesday   18 June 2019

Treat me as a player: Mashrafe

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 03:40 PM, 4 January 2019   Updated: 04:00 PM, 4 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is the discussed name in the sports arena for several months. In the 11th Parliamentary elections, he was elected MP by winning a huge margin.

But Masrafe always said that he prioritizes cricket over politics. and due to this, he held the separate press conference as a cricketer in Windies series and a politician.

After becoming MP, for the first time, Masrafe is getting on the field in BPL tournament. On Friday, the captain of the Rangpur Riders faced the reporters during the practice session. There he talked about the World Cup as well as the national team's future. 

A reporter asked him how difficult it will be to play as an MP in the field. In response to such question, captain Masrafe said, “I am a player here, not as an MP. When I am in the field, treat me as a player. Hope you all understand this.”

When asked about the possible winning of Rangpur Riders in the BPL tournament, he replied, “When I was captain of Dhaka, I came to victorious. Hope this time we will be victorious. But, this team is much stronger than before.”

“But it cannot be said that whether we will become champion or not with this team. This is the T20 tournament. One or two players can change the whole match.”

“If you see the Nidhas trophy, then you saw that Mushfiq had made a huge difference in the match,” he also said.

Is the BPL going to help make the Tigers strong? In such question, Masrafe replied, “I do not think the BPL is very important for the World Cup, because the format is T20, and we have scored a few runs here, whereas in England, 350 runs can happen, and 320-330 runs is very normal.”

“But I think New Zealand series will play a very important role to make the team stronger in the World Cup,” captain Masrafe added.