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'I expect that I will not get into the side' - Mashrafe Mortaza on his ODI future
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'I expect that I will not get into the side' - Mashrafe Mortaza on his ODI future

Mashrafe Mortaza feels his ordinary performance in last year's World Cup does not warrant a place in Bangladesh's ODI side despite being the team's skipper.

Mortaza endured a torrid run in the 50-over marquee event where he managed a solitary wicket across eight games.

His captaincy also failed to raise the standards of the Bangladesh side as they finished the tournament in eighth place following a promising start to their World Cup campaign.

“It depends on selection. After taking just one wicket in eight matches I expect that I will not get into the side," he was quoted as saying by The Daily Star on Friday.

"This actually depends on the selectors. If the selectors decide to give me a chance then I will try my best but at this moment after taking just one wicket in eight matches, how can I say that I will be getting a chance to play? If it was someone else other than me then he would have been dropped much earlier,” he added.

The 36-year-old all-rounder, who is credited with spearheading Bangladesh's white-ball transformation, retired from T20Is in 2017 but has continued to lead the team in ODI cricket.

Meanwhile, Mortaza's political career kicked off in grand fashion with an electoral victory in the Bangladesh general elections 2018.

He has nevertheless appropriately balanced his cricket duties with his responsibilities as a member of parliament.

He is currently engaged in the Bangabandhu BPL as captain of Dhaka Platoon, experiencing a surge of form with both the bat and ball in hand.

“I am just thinking as a simple player. I am just playing my game and enjoying," Mortaza said.

"If there are any ODIs in the future and if the selectors think that I should play then obviously I will be there. Because at the end of the day, it is cricket that matters to me most.”

Mortaza sustained a hamstring injury that kept him out of Bangladesh's last ODI assignment - against Sri Lanka in July - with Tamim appointed the stand-in skipper.

The 'Tigers' suffered a 3-0 whitewash in his absence and with the suspension handed to Shakib Al Hasan by the ICC, there appears to be no clear successor to Mortaza in the ODI unit.