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Mashrafe Mortaza seeks time to make decision on retirement

Mashrafe Mortaza has requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to give him two months to ponder over his future in international cricket.

The veteran 35-year-old seamer was expected to retire from the game at the end of the World Cup in England and Wales where his side finished eighth in the ten-team table.

He was then forced to miss the Sri Lanka tour last month - which saw Tamim Iqbal assume the leadership role in Mashrafe's absence - due to a hamstring injury.

With Mashrafe having already taken retirement from Tests and T20Is, questions were posed over his longevity considering the fact Bangladesh will not be playing any ODI cricket until June next year.

BCB has insisted they are planning to host a grand farewell for Mashrafe with suggestions of conducting a one-off ODI with Zimbabwe at home soon when they will be visiting to participate in a tri-nation tournament involving Afghanistan.

This plan seems to have been suspended as Mashrafe has asked for more time to reach a decision on his retirement.

"He sought two months to make his final decision and we said that is fine," BCB president Nazmul Hassan said.

Mashrafe made his international debut back in 2001 and has gone on to bag 384 wickets in 307 games across the three formats.

Mashrafe has continued to play for Bangladesh in spite of injury woes in the latter part of his career that required several surgeries on his knees.

He is the most successful Bangladesh captain, having led his team to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2017 Champions Trophy.

Last year, he entered politics and won a seat in the parliament while standing as a candidate under the ruling Awami League's banner.