Friday, 22 October, 2021
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Mushfiq back behind the wicket!

Mushfiq back behind the wicket!

The question - who will keep the wicket for Bangladesh in the upcoming home series against New Zealand - has been floating in the cricketing circle for quite some time.
 
However, if the second day’s practice session of the Tigers on Saturday was taken into account, it would certainly suggest that Mushfiqur Rahim would be back with the keeping gloves despite Nurul Hasan’s brilliance behind the wicket against Zimbabwe and Australia recently.
 
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo had a busy time trying to prepare Mushfiqur with his gloves on and at the same time, Nurul was seen taking high catches.
 
Furthermore, when Nurul was asked to throw the ball to Domingo so that he can give catches to Mushfiqur it clearly indicates the team management is not ready to take away the keeping gloves from their best batsman Mushfiqur.
 
Meanwhile, in the other net, another wicketkeeper Liton Das was playing lofted shots that suggested he is not in the race for the behind the wicket responsibility at the moment.
 
Mushfiqur has been a long servant for Bangladesh and being one of the senior-most cricketers in the group with all the experiences under his belt, he can be chosen for the job after earning 61 dismissals from 82 T20Is.
 
But the question arises when someone like Nurul is waiting for the chances that he deserves on the back of his lovely glove work and energetic presence behind the wicket.
 
 After waiting for four years, Nurul seized his opportunity perfectly after Mushfiq and Liton skipped back to back series due to personal reasons.
 
There is a saying in the cricketing fraternity that Mushfiqur feels insecure when he is asked not to keep wickets while there is another group that suggests due to his lethargic fielding it is very hard for the team management to find a place where they can hide him in the shorter format.
 
It is hard to justify the truth behind the claims of both parties but what looks to be the reality is that the current best wicketkeeper in the country might have to make way for the best batsman of the country.
 
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon, who always gives the last call in team selection, echoed the same sentiment in front of the media when he said that despite being the best wicketkeeper of the country, Nurul might have to leave the place to accommodate the place for his senior teammate.