Former Bangladesh captain Mushfiquar Rahim has reportedly rendered himself available for the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe. Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim remained in doubt and was likely to skip the shortest format on the tour. But the veteran keeper-batsman has expressed his desire to play the T20 internationals starting after the ODI series from the 23rd of July.
Mushfiqur Rahim had earlier asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) not to consider him for selection for the shortest format. But the 34-year old changed his mind and wished his inclusion in the side, confirmed by chief selector, Minhajul Abedin. But Abedin remarked that they will decide in this regard.
“Mushfiqur has informed of his desire to play the T20 series. Previously he had asked for a leave from the shortest format for the Zimbabwe tour. We will decide in this regard after a meeting,” Minhajul Abedin told Daily Star on Tuesday.
Mushfiqur Rahim is the second-most capped player for Bangladesh in the T20 internationals. The right-handed batsman has scored 1282 runs in 86 games at 19.72, with five half-centuries, keeping a strike rate of 119.93. Furthermore, Rahim captained the national side in 23 T20I games and led them to eight wins.
Mushfiqur Rahim could not contribute much in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe:
Nevertheless, Mushfiqur Rahim managed only 11 runs in the one-off Test, failing to make a significant impact. But the tourists beat Zimbabwe comfortably in Harare, registering a 220-run win. Mahmudullah, who retired midway through the Test, earned the man of the match award for scoring an unbeaten 150 in the first innings.