Bangladesh former ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has claimed that he has never failed a fitness test in his 20-year cricket career so far. He made this statement during an interview with Ekattor TV's Khelajog.
Mashrafe was dropped from the Windies series apparently because he was not fit enough. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials and selectors have referred several times that the veteran is not fit to play in the national team. But he questioned the knowledge of BCB associated persons, who made such comments.
"No matter how many injuries I have, I have not failed a fitness test in the last 20 years," Mashrafe said.
"I have never lost my fitness test, though I have never said in front of the camera. I may have heard many say that Mashrafe may not be fully fit. I was amazed about that, how much information they actually hold? If an outsider says it, it's very normal, he can say without knowing much. But who are affiliated with the BCB and saying this, are they keep any information?" he added.
Mashrafe also challenged to show his fitness data for the past 20 years and show when he failed.
Mashrafe had announced his end as a captain of the Bangladesh ODI team in March 2020 during a series against Zimbabwe. But the 37-year-old pacer told that he will continue to playing for the Tigers if the selectors give him chance in the ODI team in future.