Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, conspicuous by his absence during the nation’s top cricketers’ boycott of cricket-related activities unless their 11-point demand be met, voiced solidarity with his fellow cricketers’ cause last night.
“Many have asked me why I was not present on such an important day for the country’s cricket. I think it is better to ask them instead,” The 36-year-old, who became a member of parliament in the general elections in December 2018, wrote on his Facebook page. “They must have been discussing this for some time, but I had no idea. If I knew of it before, I would of course have tried to be there. I have wondered a thousand times why I was not informed.”
Mashrafe ended the post by expressing his solidarity: “More than my presence, it is important that the 11-point demand is implemented. All the demands are legitimate and important for cricketers’ welfare. I am Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, and I support and will support the implementation of the 11-point demand.”