Mushfiqur’s absence does not look: Ramiz Raja

Former Pakistan cricketer and now a renowned commentator, Ramiz Raja has showed his disappointment over Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim skipping the Pakistan series.Mushfiqur's absence does not look: Ramiz Raja

Mushfiqur made himself unavailable for the tour of Pakistan as his family was concerned about the security situation in the country. But Raja believes Mushfiqur’s absence due to security concerns does not look good when everyone else from the team is playing in Pakistan.

“When the entire team is coming to Pakistan, except for one individual, it does not really look good. Neither does it sound good,” said Raja in an exclusive interview to Dhaka based newspaper Prothom Alo.

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“His [Mushfiqur’s] teammates are here, they are keeping faith in the Pakistani security. Only one player is walking towards the opposite direction, which is very disappointing,” he added.

But Raja also thinks everyone should respect Mushfiqur’s personal decision. “Again we have to realize that it is one individual’s personal decision. But you also think about the team. They [Bangladesh] have come without their most consistent batsman. And Shakib Al Hasan is also not here.”

When the topic of the left-hand all-rounder appeared, Raja added from himself, “Shakib is a shock! He is so intelligent, so talented, so experienced, still he has done the mistake! Now Bangladesh have to play without two of their most experienced cricketers. It is not easy for them.”

Indeed it is not, as the Tigers have been bundled out for just 233 runs on the very first day of the Rawalpindi Test. Mohammad Mithun (63) was the only Bangladesh batsman to score 50-plus, while Shaheen Afridi grabbed a four-for.

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