"What kind of mental sickness is this" - Mashrafe Mortaza blasts fans calling for Shakib Al Hasan's exclusion ahead of World Cup after latter's injury

Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib al Hasan. (Credits: Twitter)
Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib al Hasan. (Credits: Twitter)

Former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has slammed the fans who are calling for Shakib Al Hasan to be excluded from the team. Shakib suffered an injury ahead of their first 2023 World Cup warm-up game against Sri Lanka.

The veteran all-rounder is doubtful for Bangladesh's first match of the tournament after sustaining a foot injury while playing football during a practice session. He missed the practice fixture against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad, resulting in Mehidy Hasan Miraz captaining Bangladesh.

On Facebook, Mortaza lashed out at the fans for not wanting the veteran all-rounder to play. He wrote:

"Shakib was injured, so he didn’t play (1st warm-up), may he recover soon, but I’ve seen many writing or saying that since he’s injured whether he’ll play or not! Many wrote that he should be excluded from the team. Is this even a matter? What kind of mental sickness is this! Which generation are we seeing, what kind of thoughts are they growing up with? What will they achieve in life by growing so much jealousy in their minds?"

Tamim Iqbal has been excluded from the World Cup squad due to fitness issues. Shakib called Tamim 'childish' and accused him of not being a team man, leading to another controversy.

"They are bearers of our own world cup dream" - Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza. (Image Credits: Twitter)
Mashrafe Mortaza. (Image Credits: Twitter)

Mortaza feels fans should get behind the team and cheer them on to lift the World Cup trophy instead of looking at team selections. The 39-year-old said:

"Is this a team of an individual or of a country? Not only Shakib, all of them are our representatives. They are bearers of our own world cup dream. The favorite cricketer of some people may not be there, or may not perform. But the team is ours, and that should be remembered. To be with the world cup team and to give them the belief is most important now."

The Tigers registered a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the warm-up fixture.

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