I would have gone to Pakistan: Mashrafe bin Mortaza
Bangladesh limited over skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza in an exclusive manifestation on Friday said he would just love to travel to Pakistan for playing cricket if he is still available in Test and T20 team.
“If you want to know really [about my opinion], I would say, I would have gone to Pakistan,”
Mashrafe said when he was asked about the ongoing turmoil regarding touring Pakistan.
Both the parties remain firm in their positions till now. Bangladesh, although agreed to visit Pakistan for T20s, refused to stay longer for five day matches. Whereas Pakistan repeatedly assuring their safety denied to shift Test matches in any neutral venue.
“I definitely would have talked to my family. I don’t know whether they would have allowed me. Because this is the first time we are talking about this. But if you just asked me to go to Pakistan, I would have gone even though everything would have depended on the decision of my family,” Mashrafe said.
The veteran pacer bid adieu to Test cricket back in 2009. Meanwhile his T20 career also came to an end in 2017.
Earlier Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo also stated his personal opinion on touring Pakistan saying he has no objection visiting the country if BCB would decide to send national team over there. It seemed among senior cricketers, only wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim precisely refused to be the part of Bangladesh travelling Pakistan.
“I would have gone but that doesn’t mean who doesn’t want to go to Pakistan, they are wrong,” Mashrafe said.
“Definitely life is larger than the cricket. Personal life should always get the priority. So everyone is right on what decision they would take about this tour,” he added.
Pakistan had successfully hosted Sri Lanka in a Test series which meant the return of cricket in the country since the terrorist attack in Lahore in 2009.