LONDON (AFP) – Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza admitted he needs time to decide his future amid speculation he will retire or resign following his team’s World Cup exit.
Mashrafe’s side lost by 94 runs against Pakistan at Lord’s on Friday night in a disappointing conclusion to their World Cup campaign.
Attention turned to Mashrafe’s future at the post-match press conference, but the 35-year-old wasn’t ready to reveal his plans.
“My future plan is obviously going home from here, and then I’ll rethink,” he told reporters.
Bangladesh had already been eliminated from the race to qualify for the semi-finals, but had hoped to finish the tournament on a high note.
Instead, they succumbed to a limp defeat that left them with three wins from nine matches in the tournament.
Asked how he rated Bangladesh’s campaign, Mashrafe conceded they had been exposed at times in their sloppy fielding, while his bowlers found it hard to thrive in English conditions.
“I think the players tried their best. As I said, there were a few areas we could improve a lot. We knew what our weaknesses were,” he said.