Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has hailed his compatriot Mashrafe Mortaza by calling him a ‘true leader’ after the latter announced he will step down as the skipper of ODI team. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Mortaza’s future, for the best part of the last two-three months.
However, now the 36-year-old pacer has finally decided to give up the captaincy of Bangladesh’s ODI team after the ongoing series with Zimbabwe.
The Bangla Tigers are currently playing a three-match ODI series at home, and Mortaza will lead his team as a skipper for the final time in the third ODI that is slated to be played on Friday, at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Shakib Al Hasan sings the praises of Mashrafe Mortaza:
On Friday, Shakib took to Facebook to write a tribute for Mortaza, before Bangladesh’s final ODI game with Zimbabwe.
The 32-year-old all-rounder wrote, “You epitomize what a true leader and warrior is meant to be. Despite all the obstacles which came your way, you are always encouraging us to believe in ourselves and play with heart and pride. It has been an incredible journey and you have been nothing short of brilliant.”
You have always motivated and inspired us: Shakib Al Hasan hails Mashrafe Mortaza
Shakib’s Facebook post did not end here, as he had further good things to say about his skipper.
“You have always motivated and inspired us with your individual brilliance and guided us as a team, always leading from the front,” he continued.
The left-handed batsman also added, “Thank you for always representing us and our flag with such humility, honour, and dedication. We know that even when you’re not leading us from now, you will always be with us and looking after us. We wish you all the very best for always giving us your very best.”
Bangladesh have already won the three-match ODI series, having won the first two games, and will be looking to give a winning farewell to Mortaza on Friday (March 6).