Bangladesh’s popular face Mohammad Sharif to retire from cricket
Mohammad Sharif-one of the most popular names in Bangladesh cricket. The all-rounder has showed blistering performance for many times in domestic cricket. He also played for Bangladesh national team. But at the age of 36, Sharif has decided to retire from all forms of cricket amid coronavirus crisis.
Sharif is still maintaining his fitness even though his age quota has reached 36. He scored 11.1 points in beep test this year. However, he did not play any tournament due to injury. Although he has recovered from shoulder injury a bit, the Narayanganj cricketer feels that it’s the right time to say goodbye to international cricket.
In this regard, Sharif said,
“The whole Narayanganj city is in danger. I didn’t even get out of the home for more than 15 days. I’m doing gym on my own roof to stay fit. I’m just working to keep myself fit. I have decided not to return to cricket field again. Sure enough, I will never play first-class cricket. I’m not playing Dhaka Premier League (DPL) also for injury.”
“The thought of retirement came to my head a while ago. Last year I played in all formats. But this year I could not play due to injury. Looking at the current situation of coronavirus, it is not clear whether any tournament will be played on the field this year,” he added.
Sharif debuted against Zimbabwe in Harare on April 7, 2001. The pace all-rounder made his Test debut at Bulawayo in the same series. However, Sharif could not prolong his career. He played just 10 Tests and 9 ODIs in his international career.
However, Sharif wants to stay with cricket even after his retirement. “I talked with Khaled Mahmud Sujon. He wanted to know what I would do after retirement. He wanted to know if I would be a coach or a selector. I have decided even after retirement, I will do anything which is related to cricket. I want to give my so long experience to the cricketers of this country and this generation,” he said.
Sharif said he would like to start a career in coaching when given the opportunity. “I believe that my experience will be useful for cricket in the country. After retiring, I am ready to use my experience for Bangladesh cricket if BCB wants.”
Sharif has a very rich career in domestic cricket. He took 393 wickets in 132 first-class matches alongside with 3,222 runs in batting with 10 fifties and 1 century. His highest score was 147 not out. On the other hand, he took 185 wickets in 119 matches alongside with 1,029 runs.
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