Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (C), batsman Soumya Sarkar and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim attend team’s training session yesterday, ahead of their third ODI match against Windies today. (Inset) Skipper Mashrafe briefs media in a pre-match press conference. Photo: BP

Abir Rayhan
In the last match against the Caribbeans, team Tiger will want to win, both the match and the series. On Thursday in the pre match press conference room of Sylhet International Cricket Stadium stadium, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortuza seems to convey that determination.
Mashrafe said that in continuation of the beginning of the year, they want to win till the end and that’s what they have to do in the last match.
Mash said, ‘If we can finish the year with the win it will be the best. After the first match I said for the winning rate of this year, it would be very good to win. And tomorrow will certainly be good to be at the winning side. ‘
The series win against West Indies and Zimbabwe before and after these two tournaments. So the series won the second match against the West Indies at the end of the year. The series increased to the end of the series.
When captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza steps onto the pitch in the third ODI against the West Indies tomoorow, he will reach a new horizon, overtaking Habibul Bashar to become the captain to have lead the Tigers in most number of games. The skipper said that it is a ‘matter of pride’ to lead this Bangladesh team.
He already is the longest-serving Bangladesh captain after he took the reins of the side in 2014 again after a short stint in 2010. He reiterated then when he started captaining again, it was not with a lot of hope. Tigers were underperforming but more than that it was the skipper’s own injury issues which had been difficult for him.
“When I started it was not with a lot of hope. Because I had gotten the captaincy before and gotten injured within 4-5 games and left for a long time. The next time, the outlook was the same – captaincy was never an issue with me; more important was playing for Bangladesh,” he said during a press conference at Sylhet yesterday.
“When I got it in 2014 I did not really think about my future, and even as a player I did not set anything for myself. I just thought that let it go as far as it can. But it has now been four years and it is of course a matter of pride for me and my family that I have captained Bangladesh for a long time. And if, inshAllah, I can take the field tomorrow I will have led the country in the most ODIs,” he added.
Mashrafe is Bangladesh’s most successful captain in ODIs, with Bangladesh winning 39 of the 69 ODIs they have played in under Mashrafe’s leadership. He said that the achievement is nice but for him it was more of an achievement to be part of this Bangladesh team.

“Of course it’s a nice feeling, but for me it is more important that the eleven or 15 people that make up the team, being a member of that is also a matter of huge pride,” he concluded.