Failing to keep Mustafizur Rahman in the squad just prior to departure towards Dehradun was a big tweak for Bangladesh although the team ‘think tank’ denied to focus more importance on this than other aspects of the tour.
On reaching the Indian state where two visiting teams Afghanistan and Bangladesh will lock horns for the shortest format of the game, both interim head coach Courtney Walsh and wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim delivered to be looked away from the absence of Mustafizur.
“It is unfortunate that Mustafizur is injured and not with the team. But we have still a strong combination. He who would replace Mustafizur, will have a great chance to show the potentiality,” Walsh said.
Mushfiqur, on the other hand, almost echoed Walsh’s words in this regard. He said, “Injuries are part of the game. This is beyond anyone’s control. Courtney said we are still a strong team. The team is not based upon a single performer. We believe to have good level of cricketers in the team who could perform their duties well. Like Courtney said, he who would replace Mustafizur could do better.”
Promising to play well in the forthcoming series, Mustafizur said, “Every series is a new challenge. We will try our best to continue the good work. In the last series, all we failed to do is to cross the last hurdle. This time we hope to overcome that. T20 is a team game, we often bagged wins in this format early on. Now it’s time to beat that.”