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Mashrafe Mortaza takes break from BPL to focus on politics work

Sylhet Strikers captain Mashrafe Mortaza has announced that he is taking a break from this season’s BPL, to concentrate on his political career. Mashrafe is a member of parliament after getting elected for a second time in the position, in the country’s general elections earlier this month. His party the Awami League has also appointed him as a whip.

“Mashrafe will be available to play for the Strikers further in the season if there is an opportunity in between his political commitments and schedule. Sylhet Strikers franchise has extended gratitude to Mashrafe for his commitment to the team in the tournament so far and looks forward to have him back when he is able,” a statement from the Sylhet Strikers read on Wednesday.

Although he was clearly struggling with an injury, Mashrafe played Sylhet’s first five matches in the competition. It was reported that he couldn’t prepare for the tournament too, so he bowled off-spin off a few paces, and batted in different positions in the batting order. It led to a lot of hue and cry, including former captain Mohammad Ashraful who said that Mashrafe’s presence in this state was “belittling the BPL”.

Sylhet has announced that Mohammad Mithun will be the captain in Mashrafe’s absence. It is an interesting choice as Najmul Hossain Shanto, who has led Bangladesh impressively recently, is also in the team. Sylhet play their next match against Durdanto Dhaka on February 2.

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