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Mashrafe conveys faith for captain Tamim

  • Published at 07:34 pm May 5th, 2020
File photo of Tamim Iqbal talking with Mashrafe bin Mortaza BCB

Tamim replaced Mashrafe after the latter ended his role as Bangladesh ODI captain during the home series against Zimbabwe earlier this year

Former Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza conveyed all faith on his successor Tamim Iqbal as the new leader of the country in 50-over cricket.

Tamim replaced Mashrafe after the latter ended his role as Bangladesh ODI captain during the home series against Zimbabwe earlier this year.

Mashrafe cited his opinion during a live show with Tamim on Facebook Monday night. 

With the country in lockdown since March 26, cricket has been suspended like other sports. 

Tamim took the opportunity sitting at home to come up with this unique live show on social media platforms with his fellow cricketers.

Mashrafe mentioned that Tamim was reluctant to take up the captaincy job earlier, but this time Bangladesh Cricket Board has managed to convince him. 

Mashrafe emphasized that Tamim's leadership role off the field would be useful for him in his new position.

Prior to this stint, Tamim led Bangladesh in one Test match and three ODIs over the years.

“When you were doing captaincy in BPL for Chittagong, you used to say ‘Bhai, I'm a very good vice-captain.’ But I have always said to you that the leadership ability you have, you should do well. There were times when you arranged meal for everyone and the by the time we were in the lobby it seemed everything was placed in perfect order, starting with the transport and booking the restaurant,” said Mashrafe, who led Bangladesh to a record 50 wins in ODIs.

“So I strongly believe you have all the leadership abilities. My opinion is why you won’t take it, because it would be good for Bangladesh cricket. You didn't accept it properly in Sri Lanka [when he led in ODIs last July] but seeing you now, I feel you are on the right track. Bangladesh cricket will take the next step very soon,” he added.

Mashrafe urged Tamim to trust his "gut feeling" as captain and that he should be patient with his juniors, and expect the ride to be bumpy.

“You will hear a lot of advice as a captain - 'do this, do that'; but as long as you listen to your heart, you will be able to sleep at night even if you lose. You will be unhappy if you had to do what other people told you. I have always believed in this,” said Mashrafe.

“Bangladesh's reality [in cricket] is a bit different. You have to be patient. If you can make the players understand that you will do everything you can for them, they will give the best for you. As long as I am confident in your ability, it doesn't matter what others are saying. You have match-winners in Soumya [Sarkar], Liton [Das] and Mustafizur [Rahma], so if something is being said about them, you have to handle it,” said the veteran right-arm pacer.