Mashrafe Mortaza is delighted the Bangladesh captaincy has come his way © Getty Images
Mashrafe Mortaza replaced Mushfiqur Rahim as Bangladesh’s ODI captain © Getty Images

Oct 1, 2014

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has expressed his gratitude towards the Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) for awarding  him the captaincy of the Bangladesh cricket team in One-Day Internationals.

The Daily Star quoted him as saying “I want to thank the BCB as they have kept their faith in me and has given me another opportunity to lead my country.”

He said “At the moment though I am not thinking about the Zimbabwe series. I am completely focused on the Asian Games. I want the blessing of the people of my country. I believe that I can take my country’s cricket forward,” added the pacer.

The Narail Express, as he known as, was made the captain for one day series against Zimbabwe on Tuesday. Moratza, Bangladesh‘s premier pacer, was previously awarded the captaincy way back in the year 2009 when Bangladesh toured West Indies as he took over from Mohammad Ashraful. Injury, however, laid him after the first test of a two test series. A year later he was made skipper again when Bangladesh toured England but again injury saw to it that he could not continue as skipper.