Need to check on Mushfiqur’s mental pressures: Mashrafe
It is almost certain that Mushfiqur Rahim is not playing in the third ODI against Zimbabwe on Friday, as the selectors want to play the XI that will take on Pakistan in the one-off ODI in April.
Knowing this very well, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza who will end his captaincy tenure for Bangladesh 50-over side with Friday’s match, insisted on making sure that Mushfiqur is not in any kind of mental pressure.
When asked about the decision to keep Mushfiqur out of Friday’s playing XI, Mashrafe said: “These are small technical decisions that even the captain can not take. But I personally think Mushfiqur is such a player, who should be considered for his contribution to the team, his run making, even at the times when things are not going well for him.”
The Narail Express also added, “You people, who follow international cricket, know it for a fact that Mushfiqur is one of the best No.4 batsman in the world at the moment. You can not forget this.”
While the selectors as well as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) kept putting pressures on Mushfiqur to reconsider his decision of not travelling to Pakistan, Mushfiqur never changed his stance. But now the cricketer should be kept out of pressure to bring the best performance out of him, said Mashrafe.
“This boy has been performing for last 12-13 years. So we have to ensure he does not feel pressure until a certain period of time.”
Mashrafe also had some suggestions for the board officials and selectors on how to deal with Mushfiqur in such circumstances.
“If they can hold a light discussion with him, and make him understand what plans they have for him and which procedure he has to go through, then maybe both parties can come to a solution. I think everything will be alright if they continue talking to Mushfiqur as a senior cricketer and keep him mentally strong.”