Sylhet Strikers captain Mashrafe Mortaza has decided to take a break from the current season of the BPL in order to focus on his political career. Mashrafe, who was recently elected as a member of parliament for the second time, has also been appointed as a whip for his party, the Awami League.
The Sylhet Strikers franchise has expressed gratitude to Mashrafe for his commitment to the team so far in the tournament and has stated that they look forward to having him back when he is able to balance his political commitments and schedule.
Despite playing through injury and being unable to adequately prepare for the tournament, Mashrafe participated in Sylhet’s first five matches, prompting criticism from former captain Mohammad Ashraful, who felt that Mashrafe’s performance was “belittling the BPL.”
In Mashrafe’s absence, Mohammad Mithun has been named as the team’s captain. This decision is notable as Najmul Hossain Shanto, who has recently captained Bangladesh effectively, is also part of the team. Sylhet’s next match will be against Durdanto Dhaka on February 2.