Veteran Bangladeshi batter Mushfiqur Rahim found himself in hot soup after receiving summons from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after his recent outbursts in interviews regarding him being rested from the three-match T20I series against Pakistan which went underway in Dhaka today, Nov 19.
Rahim, who was part of the Bangladesh squad of the recent T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE, was not named in the Tigers’ squad for the 20-over match series against Babar Azam and co. at the Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. The official reason cited for his omission was that he was rested as claimed by chief selector Minhajul Abedin.
“To be honest I haven’t reached the stage when I have to tell someone that I need rest. I am definitely available. Why won’t I be? I obviously had a disappointing World Cup. I needed an opportunity to bounce back. I was asked if I was available, to which I said of course I am available. But I was told that the selection committee, team management, head coach and team director took a collective decision to drop me,” Mushfiqur Rahim told Channel 24.
Mushfiqur made 144 runs at 20.57 with one half-century in the T20 World Cup while not looking particularly out of form.
We Had A Good Chat: Akram Khan On BCB’s Meeting With Mushfiqur Rahim
The top brass of the Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to call the senior cricketer for a meeting which included BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan, chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury, and disciplinary committee chairman Sheikh Sohel and media committee chairman Jalal Younis. Mushfiqur was handed a letter as well, which BCB said was not a show-cause letter by any means.
“We gave him a letter, so that we could meet and talk about his recent interviews. He came at 6pm. I was there, along with Jalal bhai, Sohel bhai and the CEO. We had a good chat. We wanted to remove any misunderstanding between him and the selectors. It wasn’t a show cause,” Akram Khan told ESPNCricinfo.
On the other hand, Bangladesh started the series on a bad note, losing the first T20I to Pakistan despite reducing them to 24/4 in a chase of a below-par 128-run target.