Mashrafe Mortaza. @ Getty Images
Mashrafe Mortaza. @ Getty Images

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza is all set to contest in the country’s 11th parliamentary election after he received confirmation from the ruling Awami League. Mortaza, who last played in the Zimbabwe home series in October last month, will contest from his home district – Narail-2 constituency – with the polls scheduled on December 30.

“I always had the impulse for politics,” Mashrafe wrote in a post on his Facebook page on Monday.

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Mortaza, who has claimed 252 wickets in 199 ODIs, dropped a hint that the ICC World Cup 2019 might be his last big tournament.

“I always believed that development in our country is not possible strongly without politics… now I have the opportunity to do something for my country. I don’t know what is awaiting me after the 2019 World Cup. I value my time and I am paying attention to it. I believe that everything has to be done at the right time.”

Meanwhile, according to Bengali daily Kaler Kantho, Mortaza said that he will only begin campaigning after the three-match ODI series against the visiting West Indies team, which ends on December 14.

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Earlier, Mortaza showed signs of joining politics when he formed the Narail Express Foundation, a non-profit social welfare venture. The organisation awarded Narail with scholarships and gave them medical discounts in a Dhaka-based university. It also built drinking water jars around Narail town for rickshaw-pullers.