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I refused ICL's offer: Mortaza

Bangladesh vice-captain Mashrafe Mortaza claims that he too was approached by the ICL but unlike 13 of his compatriots, who ended up joining the rebel series, he was not swayed by the big money on offer.

cricket Updated: Sep 24, 2008 11:48 IST

Bangladesh vice-captain Mashrafe Mortaza has claimed that he too was approached by the Indian Cricket League but unlike 13 of his compatriots, who ended up joining the rebel series, he was not swayed by the big money on offer.

"Obviously money is very important. I play for the money too but my priority is playing for Bangladesh," Mortaza told cricketnirvana.Com.

"I did receive an offer. I had received a few phone calls from India before going to Australia to join the ICL and build a team but I refused the offer straightaway. That was the end of it for me," he added.

Bangladesh is struggling to build a playing XI after 13 players, including former captain Habibul Bashar, joined the rebel league citing frustration with the system.

Mortaza said it was futile to keep harping about how the rebellion has hurt Bangladesh cricket and asserted that the team was capable of bouncing back.

"That's their decision. Personally I don't see any point in mulling over those who are not here. We got to move forward with what we have and I think we have some pretty good players who have come in and they all want to do well," he said.