Star players in Bangladeshi cricket do not end well. Like the rest of the sub-continent, the cricket culture of this country does not have the practice of giving up space. When to stop? Many big stars cannot understand this. Their departure from the party does not go well either. No one uttered the word ‘retirement’ even after quitting the game.
Wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim announced his retirement from international T20 on social media on Sunday (September 4) morning. After making his Test debut against England in 2005, there was no looking back. He made his debut in ODI and T20 cricket in 2006. He has played 102 T20 Internationals in 16 long years. Although he could not do justice to his name in this format, this star has played a great role in several memorable victories of Bangladesh.
For quite some time, the pressure was increasing on Mushfiqur to think anew about this format to give opportunities to newcomers and bad form. In recent times, along with bad form, Mushi has been in the discussion of cricket fans in the country for various reasons, posting practice pictures on social media with sarcastic captions or asking the audience to look in the mirror. The Tigers’ most experienced cricketer was under fire after his poor performance in the Asia Cup.
However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board is disappointed with his sudden retirement announcement. BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Jalal Yunus said that this star was in the Tigers’ World Cup plan. He also expressed his disappointment of not being able to send off one of the best stars in the history of the country. Earlier, the same thing happened to two other top stars of the country. BCB could not do the formalities of Tamim’s retirement from T20 from the field. And even though Mashrafe is out of the game, he has not announced his retirement from the other two formats except T20.
Not only these two stars, Mahmudullah Riyad suddenly announced his retirement after scoring a century in a test in Zimbabwe.
There is also the opposite. Aminul Islam Bulbul, the first test captain of the national team and test centurion, has not officially retired from cricket till date in defiance of the board.
Jalal Yunus said about the announcement of retirement of players on social media, “It is better if there is no such retirement. You see in every country – in Australia or England when a player decides to retire, it slowly comes to the end of the career. But they said six months or a year ago, it will be my last match in such and such series. I will then retire.’
It is clear in the statement of this cricket boss of the country, despite the wishes of BCB, the best stars have to say goodbye without any kind of arrangement due to the sudden announcement of retirement on social media.
“It (retirement) doesn’t happen because they announce retirement on social media, it’s quite messy,” he said. There is no good communication with them. If we know in advance, we can arrange it that way if contacted. But those things are not happening.’