After a lot of confusion and over the top rumors, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had reached an agreement regarding the scheduled visit of Bangladesh’s cricket team to Pakistan.
The tour was finalized in three phases a couple of days ago but major blowing news came out of Bangladesh’s cricketing circles when the senior wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim decided not to accompany his team-mates on their tour to Pakistan.
The news came in as a shock to those who were waiting for the much-anticipated series in Pakistan and Mushfiqur Rahim has made himself unavailable for the entire forth-coming series in Pakistan.
The Bengal Tigers are going to take part in two Tests, three T20Is and a one-off ODI in April after the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) edition 5.
“Mushfiqur rang to tell me today that he is not going to go to Pakistan. We are now waiting for his formal letter. Once he does that, we will take him out of the show,” Minhajul Abedin, chief selector of Bangladesh, told AFP.
Mushfiqur’s Unavailability Will Cost Bangladesh
Although, it is very much within the rights of every player to decide whether he wants to go on a particular tour or not, however, Mushfiqur Rahim’s decision of not touring Pakistan is going to cost the Bengal Tigers a lot. Mushfiqur is one of their main players and he has played some very handy and match-winning knocks for Bangladesh in the past.
Mushfiqur also played a magnificent innings against India in the first T20I to clinch a much-needed victory and his affiliations with the subcontinent conditions are known to many.
Mushfiqur Rahim is one of the senior and key players of Bangladesh and his absence is going to cost the Tigers in the upcoming T20Is and Test matches against Pakistan. Another bad news is that the Bangladesh Cricket Team is also without the services of their senior all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Shakib is currently out with a ban after he breached the ICC’s code of conduct and failed to report the corrupt approaches he received. Mushfiqur Rahim was leading the Khulna Tigers in the Bangabandhu Premier League (BPL) where his team failed to clinch the title victory in the final.
He is also one of the most capped players of Bangladesh and he’s been a part of the Bengal Tigers since 2007. He’s a vital cog in the middle-order of Bangladesh and can turn matches with his belligerent batting.
However, Mushfiqur’s decision seems to be very private and no other reasons were revealed after the wicket-keeper batsman refused to tour the country.
After weeks of a deadlock over the road, the proposed series between the two teams was finalized with Bangladesh adamant to keep their trip confined to T20Is.
Finally, they gave a green signal to a full-fledged tour that will take place between January and April in three stages. According to the chief selector, the Bangladesh squad for the short form games will be revealed in a day or two.