There is little doubt in the fact that Mashrafe Mortaza is the greatest captain in the history of Bangladesh cricket. The right-handed bowler, who recently stepped down from the leadership role of the One+day International side after the series against Zimbabwe, led Bangladesh to a plethora of historic moments during his tenure.
The former captain recently engaged with the opener Tamim Iqbal, the newly-elected captain of the white-ball team, via Facebook Live, where he gave a plethora of invaluable advice to the left-hander regarding the leadership role.
Mashrafe told Tamim that he will hear a lot of advice as captain, but as long as he listens to his heart, he will be able to sleep peacefully at night, even if his side ends up on the losing end of the spectrum.
“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,” Mashrafe Mortaza was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo on Facebook Live.
He added: “You will be unhappy if you had to do what other people told you. I have always believed in this. I won’t tell you how to do your captaincy, but you should do what your heart desires. Of course, you will have Shakib [Al Hasan], Mushfiq [Rahim] and [Mahmudullah] Riyad around you, but if you listen to your gut feeling, you will be more successfull
Mashrafe Mortaza urged Tamim Iqbal to back young players during his captaincy tenure
Mashrafe also went on to advise Tamim Iqbal to practice patience when it comes to dealing with young players and to also back them as he feels that there are a lot of match-winners in Bangladesh cricket.
“Bangladesh’s reality is a little 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,” Mashrafe said.”
He added: “As long as I am confident in your ability, it doesn’t matter what others are saying. You have match-winners in Soumya, Liton and Mustafiz, so if something is being said about them, you have to handle it,”
Coming back to Mashrfe Mortaza’s tenure as captain Bangladesh scaled new heights under his leadership, as they emerged from being the perennial minnows to dark horses in the past five years.