Mushfiqur refuses to travel Pakistan again
Bangladesh’s premier batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who has just scored his third Test double hundred against Zimbabwe a few days ago, has said that he will not change his stance regarding not visiting Pakistan.
This statement comes after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon’s press conference where he clearly stated that Mushfiqur was contract-bound to travel to Pakistan for the one-off ODI and second Test in Karachi – the last leg of a three-part tour – in April.
Mushfiqur had also refused to travel with the rest of the team for the first two legs, saying that his family was worried about his safety.
“I have clearly stated my stand regarding going or not going to Pakistan and they [BCB] have accepted it. There was an offer from PSL and I was asked whether I give my name or not but I did not give for the tournament,” Mushfiqur was quoted as saying to Bangladeshi satellite channel NTV on Thursday.
“They [board] should have respected me because I did not put my name despite knowing the current situation. So it is pretty clear [that I will not go] and it will not change in the future and I have all the good wishes for them who travels there,” he added.
Earlier the BCB boss had asked Mushfiqur to reconsider his decision on Tuesday as he said: “We are expecting that he would go. Not only him, but every contracted player should go. Players have to think about the country, and not just themselves. This is what I personally feel.”
He had further added, “The country comes before everything else. Everyone should keep it in mind. We will remind them that the contracted players must play as they are told, when selected. It never occurred to me that one has to tell them this, too.”
The lone ODI in the third leg of the Pakistan tour is scheduled for April 3, with the Test beginning on April 5. Bangladesh had suffered a big defeat in the first Test in Rawalpindi, as the Mominul Haque-led side lost the match by an innings and 44 runs.
The Tigers felt the absence of Mushfiqur in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan as well, as they lost the series 2-0 with one game washed out.