Papon expects Mushfiqur to play in Pakistan
BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon said he expects Mushfiqur Rahim to go to Pakistan for the one-off ODI and second Test in Karachi in April, as he was “contract bound” to do so. The BCB boss also believes it should be done for the greater interest of the nation.
“I expect him [Mushfiqur] to go to Pakistan. Not only Mushfiq, I also want all the contracted players to be willing to go to Pakistan. One shouldn’t only think about his self-interest, he has to think about the nation’s interest as well,” said Papon during a press conference on Tuesday.
“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,” he added.
Ealier after the confirmation of Bangladesh’s tour to Pakistan, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had opted out of the tour, stating that his family would be tensed about him going there and he could not go there and play in that mental state. Bangladesh were then whitewashed in the T20I series and lost the first Test by an innings defeat at Pakistan.
The board high-ups had initially also said that they would not force anyone to go to Pakistan. But things saw a drastic change following Bangladesh’s heavy defeats in the three T20Is and the first Test in Rawalpindi, as the BCB boss had strongly criticised Mushfiqur’s decision of not travelling to Pakistan.
Papon reiterated the same sentiments again on Tuesday, as he said: “Let me say it simply: we also had fears about security, but now that we have played, and even someone from his family has played [brother-in-law Mahmudullah], will the family only cry about him but not when something happens to Riyad. He [Mushfiqur] should hear about Pakistan from Riyad or his other teammates.”