BPL second-best T20 league after IPL: Mushfiqur
Bangladesh former captain and the star wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim claims that the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is the second-best franchise based T20 league in the world. According to him, BPL stands just behind the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On Friday (January 17), Mushfiqur appeared in his very first BPL final, though it went for a losing cause after Khulna Tigers conceding a 21-run defeat to Andre Russell’s Rajshahi Royals.
Disappointed sure for the defeat, Mushfiqur was also very delighted with how the tournament went, and heaped praise on it, ecxplaining that it was very beneficial for the local cricketers of Bangladesh.
“I think the standard of cricket in the BPL is very good. It’s the best in the world after the IPL. Lots of big cricketers come here to play. Players who are consistent and world-class and that helps our local cricketers greatly,” Mushfiqur said on Friday at the post-final press conference in Mirpur.
Mushfiqur also talked about his failure to capture the BPL trophy in spite of coming so close.
“I think we were unlucky because our set batsmen got out in quick succession. So from that perspective, I have to say it feels bad because we reached the final but we couldn’t win.”
Earlier he had stated that he would not go to Pakistan for the three-match T20I series. Now he also confirmed that he would not go to Pakistan at all, even not for the Tests.
“My decision is unchanged. I have said earlier that I will not go because of my personal reasons as my family is concerned about the security in Pakistan. I requested the board and they agreed to it. I have also given them an official letter that I am not going to Pakistan,” said Mushfiqur.