Mushfiqur preparing for Zimbabwe series
Because of security fears and his family’s concern about conditions in Pakistan, Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim had withdrawn from the three-stage tour of the country on January 17. But now his participation in the Zimbabwe Test is also uncertain.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a 14-man squad for the upcoming Test match against Pakistan in Zimbabwe. But according to chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu, this squad is also for Bangladesh’s next two Test matches against Zimbabwe and Pakistan. This means Mushfiqur is not in the squad for the Zimbabwe Test.
The chief selector also said that if Mushfiqur is to play against Zimbabwe, he has to prove himself first. This statement has given birth to a big controversy within Bangladesh’s cricket fraternity. Many are asking the question: why a batsman who was Bangladesh’s best performer in their previous Test series in India has to prove himself again?
Now Mushfiqur, the man in question, has also opened up regarding the matter. In an exclusive interview to Cricbuzz, the former Bangladesh captain said there was no reason why he would not play against Zimbabwe.
Mushfiqur could not take part in the first round of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) due to hamstring injury. Now he is in the process of rehabilitation to recover soon and play in the second round of the BCL. He informed that he was also preparing for the Zimbabwe series.
“I have a fitness test tomorrow (today, February 4) or the day after and if everything is okay, I will play in the second round of BCL. There is no reason why I won’t play against Zimbabwe. I am preparing myself accordingly. I will be fit and will be available for selection.
“Whether I will be selected or not is not in my hands but I will try to play against Zimbabwe and not only the Test but we have a full-fledged series against Zimbabwe and I will try to be available for all the formats. I will try to do well if I get selected,” he also added.
Meanwhile Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo seemed to be leaning towards Mushfiqur not playing the game in between the Pakistan Tests.
“I am under the impression that this is the squad for this one Test match. We will re-evaluate once we get back. You have to remember that Mushfiqur got runs in the last Test, but we also need to consider the fact that it is hard to pick a batting line-up, change it for one Test, and then change it again for the third Test. I want to give guys a run, but we also need to consider that Mushfiq was our best player in India,” Domingo said on Monday (February 3).