Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo on Sunday insists that Mushfiqur Rahim doesn’t want to keep wickets in the T20 internationals anymore.
“There has been a change. Initially, after speaking to Mushy, he was going to keep after the second game. But he told me he probably doesn’t want to keep wickets in T20s anymore, so we have to move on,” Domingo told reporters after the third T20I against New Zealand.
Nurul played as a wicketkeeper-batsman in the first two matches as per plan but on Sunday, Mushfiq didn’t wear his gloves when New Zealand came to bat in the third match of the series which prompted the team management to rely on Nurul behind the wicket again.
Mushfiqur hasn’t been a familiar face in Test wicket-keeping in the recent past as before their tour of India in 2019, he decided to stay away from the Test wicket-keeping job and he hasn’t been seen many times to keep wickets in Tests since then.
However, Mushfiqur always expresses his willingness to keep wickets in the shortest format as he’s a regular face behind the wicket of Bangladesh’s ODI and T20 teams.
“I don’t think Mushfiq’s desire to keep in this format is great anymore. We have to focus on Sohan (Nurul) and possibly let him do those duties going into the competition,” Domingo added.
Domingo meanwhile admitted that the visitors completely outplayed them during the third match of the series and rued for losing early wickets in the chase.
“We were obviously outplayed by New Zealand today. I’m disappointed but that’s the nature of this format. Full credit to New Zealand for being much smarter and better skilled than us today.
“I don’t think there was a problem with the approach in batting. We want to try to stay ahead of the run-rate. Once you are behind, it gets difficult to catch up. We want to start positively. Unfortunately, we lost a few early wickets, and then we lost wickets in clusters,” he added.
Meanwhile, New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, who completed his career-best T20I performance of 4-16 in the match, expressed his satisfaction after living up to the team’s expectations.
“You thrive on conditions like these and you take responsibility in these conditions and I thought all our bowlers bowled brilliantly and did a great job in getting wickets,” he said after the match.