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No rift between Tamim, Mahmudullah: Nazmul

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  • 11 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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No rift between Tamim, Mahmudullah: Nazmul
The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon (left) speaks to all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan at the President Box of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium during the fifth and final T20I between Bangladesh and New Zealand on Friday. Shakib along with pacer Mustafizur Rahman earlier left the team’s bio-bubble on Thursday after the team management decided to give them rest in the final match of the series. Both the players are likely to leave for the UAE today to take part in the remainder of the Indian Premier League. – Tanvin Tamim

The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon on Friday claimed that there is no rift between ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal and T20I skipper Mahmudullah in Bangladesh dressing room.

“As far as I know there is no rift between Tamim and Mahmudullah,” Nazmul told reporters in Mirpur after the last T20I between Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Since Tamim decided to withdraw from the upcoming ICC World T20, there is a buzz in the air that the two seniors are having some sort of distance in recent times.

It also came to the media that Mahmudullah didn’t back Tamim in the selection meeting after head coach Russell Domingo insisted that a junior will have to make ways if Tamim returns to the T20 format.

The left-handed batsman played his last T20I for Bangladesh back in March 2020 and since then skipped four consecutive T20I series.

Nazmul also said that he was not sure why Mushfiqur Rahim changed his mind of not keeping the wickets in T20Is despite agreeing initially to keep wickets after two matches of the New Zealand series.

“I’m not sure why he (Mushfiqur) did this because initially, he decided to keep wickets after two games but afterwards he said that he is not interested,” he said.

Nazmul added that they are expecting to form a new T20 squad in the upcoming days as he insisted that he is ready to back them for some time.

“Look we are not a good T20 side but we are trying to be a formidable side in future. I want to have a separate T20 squad in the coming days…Now we are going through a transitional period but we want to back the youngsters,” said Nazmul, who informed that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has assured him about their going a long way in the upcoming global event.