On Tuesday, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan urged star batsman Mushfiqur Rahim to change his mind and tour Pakistan next month.
Mushfiqur had cited safety concerns to skip the first two parts of a three-leg tour of Pakistan. The 32-year old Rahim didn’t travel to Pakistan, for the first two legs as he was concerned about his safety while citing his family had refused him to tour Pakistan.
Hassan told reporters that Mushfiqur had not informed the board of his decision about the final leg.
“But I hope he will go (to Pakistan),” Hassan said. “Every contracted player should go. Family is important for everybody, but country is more important.”
Hassan said Mushfiqur should take advice from his brother-in-law Mahmudullah Riyad — who led the T20 team in Pakistan and was part of the Test side as well — and other teammates before making his final decision.
“We’ve said we won’t force anyone. But after speaking to all, I think he should go,” said Hassan.
Today premier wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has once again declined to visit Pakistan, to play for the national side.
World no 52 Test Batsman Mushfiqur Rahimm has stressed that he would not change his mind about skipping the tour of Pakistan.
“I have clearly stated my stand regarding going or not going to Pakistan and they [BCB] have accepted it. There was an offer from PSL and I was asked whether I give my name or not but I did not give for the tournament,” said Mushfiqur Rahim.
“They [board] should have respected me because I did not put my name despite knowing the current situation. So it is pretty clear [that I will not go] and it will not change in the future and I have all the good wishes for them who travels there.”
Bangladesh will travel to Pakistan again on April 3 for one 50-over match and the second Test scheduled to be held in Karachi. Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan was split in three, and the last of these is lined up for early April, when the two teams play a one-off ODI [April 3] and the second of two Tests [from April 5], all in Karachi.
The two teams first played a three-T20I series in Lahore in January and then the first Test in Rawalpindi earlier this month. The Tigers felt the absence of Mushfiqur in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan as well, as they lost the series 2-0 with one game washed out.