Mushfiq firm on not touring Pakistan

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:44, Feb 28,2020


Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is seen during a training session at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Friday. — BCB photo

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim reiterated that he was not going to Pakistan for the final leg of Bangladesh’s split tour to the country despite insistence from the Bangladesh Cricket Board officials.

‘I had already made my mind clear on whether I would go to Pakistan or not and they [BCB] had accepted it. There was an offer from PSL and I could have submitted my name there,’ Mushfiq told his manager in a television interview.

‘I did not give my name there [PSL], so they [BCB] should have shown me more respect...things are pretty clear and it won’t change in the future. I only have good wishes for those who travel, he added.

Mushfiq had been showing his reluctance for touring Pakistan for family reasons since Bangladesh confirmed their split series in January.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan said initially that he was okay with Mushfiq’s decision and decided not to force anyone, including the support staff.

However, Nazmul deviated from his initial commitment after the first two legs of the series went incident free.

Bangladesh toured Pakistan for three-match Twenty20 international series in January before returning to the country in February for the opening Test of two-match series in Rawalpindi.

In Mushfiq’s absence Bangladesh lost the Twenty20 series 0-2 with the third match rained off and suffered an innings and 44-run loss in the first Test.

The debate over Mushfiq’s joining the team resurfaced after he returned to the team for the one-off Test against Zimbabwe last week and scored an unbeaten 203 runs in a man-of-the-match performance in an innings and 106-run win.

BCB president Nazmul added fuel to the speculations, saying that Mushfiq should seek advice from team-mates and family members before staying away from the final leg of the tour from April 3-9. 

Nazmul also cited that Mushfiq should consult the matter with his brother-in-law Mahmudullah who was part of the team during both legs.

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