Mushfiqur could miss third ODI, informs Nannu
While there were speculations prior to Bangladesh’s second ODI against Zimbabwe in Sylhet that Mushfiqur Rahim would be made sit out of the match, he eventually played and scored a solid half century on Tuesday.
However, things could be different during the third ODI on Friday (March 6) as chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu hinted on Tuesday that Mushfiqur may not be in the playing XI of the final ODI as he is reluctant to travel to Pakistan for the third and last phase which will include one ODI alongside the second Test in Karachi.
The chief selector explained that the third ODI playing eleven will be formed with the Pakistan lone ODI in mind, which automatically leaves Mushfiqur out of the equation. But he also clarified that everything depends on the final outcome of the second ODI.
“If we win the series today (Tuesday) then we won’t have Mushfiq in the third match. We want to have a team that would most likely play in the ODI against Pakistan on April 3 to prepare better for that,” Nannu told the media at a press-conference.
“We spoke with Mushfiq to know his decision on touring Pakistan and if he changed his mind. He directly said that he did not want to go. Since he doesn’t want to go, we have to plan differently for the Test and the ODI in Pakistan,” he further added.
The chief selector however informed that they are yet to decide on Mashrafe Bin Mortaza captaining the side in the Pakistan ODI.