Nannu speaks up on Mushfiqur leave-out
As Bangladesh premier batsman Mushfiqur Rahim stuck to his original decision of not touring Pakistan for the third and final phase in April despite pressure from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), he is now at the risk of being left out of the playing XI during the ongoing ODI series against Zimbabwe.
As per reports circulating in Bangladeshi media from Monday (March 2), BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon had met the cricketers ahead of the first ODI against Zimbabwe in Sylhet Sunday, and asked the team management to try and convince Mushfiqur.
But Mushfiqur refused to travel to Pakistan in spite of being “threatened that he would lose his place in the second Zimbabwe ODI”.
It has been learnt that chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu had acted on behalf of the BCB boss to set up a closed-door meeting with Mushfiqur and head coach Russell Domingo.
Confirming about the meeting, Nannu informed: “Yes we had a meeting with him and he will not go to Pakistan.”
Afterwards Nannu also opened up to BDCricTime, explaining why they are thinking of keeping Mushfiqur out of the playing XI against Zimbabwe. However, he also clarified that they are only giving the senior cricketers rest in a bid to give the back-up players some match-practice opportunity ahead of the lone ODI in Pakistan.
“We have several back-up cricketers in our squad. We will give them match playing opportunity keeping in mind the upcoming tour of Pakistan,” Nannu told BDCricTime.
With the latest developments, it is understood that Mushfiqur might play the second ODI against Zimbabwe today, but if Bangladesh win and secure the series victory with one match to play, he might have to sit out for the last ODI on March 6.