Experienced Bangladesh pace bowler Mohammad Sharif has decided to retire from all forms of cricket. He last played for Bangladesh back in 2007. Even though he did not have much of a success with the national team, Sharif is a prominent figure in the domestic cricket circuit of Bangladesh. He has vast experience. The veteran right-arm pace bowler has taken massive 393 wickets in first-class cricket. He made his debut in 2000. His sudden announcement has surprised a few people. The pacer explained, his shoulder injury has forced him to take this decision. Due to coronavirus, all kinds of cricket have been suspended for an indefinite period in Bangladesh. This might have also influenced Sharif to end his 20-year cricket career.
“My shoulder injury forced me to come to this decision. I still have decent fitness, scoring level 11 in the beep test. But my shoulder has not been in full support. So I don’t want to involve with any club with this condition,” said Sharif to the media on Saturday as quoted by Dhaka Tribune.
Sharif was one of the young talents of Bangladesh cricket. He made his international debut at the age of 17. He started playing ODI and Test in April 2001 during the Zimbabwe tour. Soon after making a debut, he lost his place in the national team. Sharif again made a comeback in 2003 and played in the ICC World Cup in South Africa. He often suffered from injuries which is one of the major reasons why his international career never really progressed as expected. Sharif played 10 Tests and nine ODI for Bangladesh, in which he took a total of 24 wickets.
He could have continued with his first-class career for a few more years. But Sharif is very ethical as far as his game is concerned. He said He doesn’t want to cheat the clubs he plays for. His shoulder injury has been troubling him a lot. “I don’t want to cheat the club. Like they will take me with lots of hope but if I can’t deliver my 100 percent then it would be very disappointing for them, as they could have had one more player in the place of mine. So my basic plan is not to waste a place, where another player can have the opportunity. It’s better not to play with this 50-50 chance,” said Sharif as quoted by Dhaka Tribune.