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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan has been in talks with ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza to start playing Twenty20 Internationals once again.
Hasan’s request comes after Bangladesh were whitewashed 2-0 in their recently concluded Twenty20 series.
Furthermore, with Bangladesh participating in the Nidahas T20 tri-series next month, which also involves India and Sri Lanka, Hasan wants to add some experience to Bangladesh’s Twenty20 squad.
While it remains unclear whether Mortaza will make his comeback in the shortest format, it should be noted that he has featured in a Twenty20 Internationals since April last year.
“There is no doubt Mashrafe is the best bowler of the country in T20Is with the new ball,” Hasan was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. “Honestly I had told him to play the T20I series against Sri Lanka. But he said he wants to play the Tests instead.
“We had a discussion of making Mashrafe return to the side. Everyone is telling me that he will play if I tell him to but the problem is I can’t pressurise him.”
If Hasan wants Mortaza to represent Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy, he doesn’t have much time to convince the 34-year-old as the tournament gets underway on March 15.