Bangladesh spin bowling all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz is having a tussle with the top brass of Chattogram Challengers in the Bangladesh Premier League.
The rift between the player and franchise officials has become the talking point of the BPL 2022. Mehidy was removed from the captaincy in the match against Sylhet Sixers as Naeem Islam was named as the new captain of Chattogram Challengers.
The team management said that head coach Paul Nixon, who has recently left for the UK for some personal work, had suggested the captaincy change before leaving.
I am not willing to play: Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Mehidy was not happy with such kind of treatment and has decided to leave the franchise and go back to Dhaka.
Mehidy also accused Chattogram Challengers CEO Yasir Alam of issuing false statements regarding the matter.
“I will say later (why I am not willing to play) and leave. The mindset to play any game is not there right now,” Mehidy told the reporters at the hotel premises.
“The statement given by Yasir [COO] is false (that head coach Paul Nixon has asked them to remove Mehidy as captain). He is the leading culprit and I am not willing to play if he is around,” he added.
It was a miscommunication and we sorted it out: Rifatuzzaman
The tensions between Mehidy and the team officials were such that the owner of the franchise Rifatuzzaman had to intervene to calm down the player.
Rifatuzzaman admitted that it was a case of miscommunication and also mentioned that the CEO has apologised to the player. The owner also accepted the mistake that the management should have informed the player about the decision clearly.
“It was a miscommunication and we sorted it out. I think we will be more careful in the coming days so that this kind of miscommunication does not arise again,” Rifatuzzaman told reporters.
“Our COO Yasir has apologised to him for the miscommunication. I think he should have communicated earlier that he will not be the captain instead of informing hours before the match.
“I was aware that Mehidy will be removed and we should have informed him that beforehand as that would have helped us avoid all this trouble,” he added.
Mehidy led the Chattogram team in its first four matches in the ongoing season, where he picked eight wickets and scored 70 runs.
Chattogram won two out of their first four matches under his leadership and they won their third match against Sylhet Sunrisers by 16 runs.
This was Mehidy’s second stint with the captaincy in BPL after he led Rajshahi Kings in the 2018/19 BPL season.