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‘Mushfiq, Mahmudullah not thrown out from T20Is’

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 1 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon hinted on Sunday that all the doors aren’t closed for senior duo Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah in the shortest format.

BCB rested the senior duo from the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe and took their recent performance in the shortest format into account many felt that they might not be considered in T20Is in the near future.

The appointment of Nurul Hasan Sohan as stand-in skipper against Zimbabwe in the three-match T20Is gave an impression that the Tigers are eyeing to make a fresh start in the shortest format.

There is strong speculation that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who skipped the tour of Zimbabwe due to personal reasons, is likely to take over the T20 captaincy from the upcoming Asia Cup.

BCB president Nazmul told the reporters after returning from the ICC meeting that they are impressed with Nurul’s performance though it’s too early to comment anything about him.

On the same note, he added that seniors are not totally thrown out from the T20Is plan action as the Zimbabwe series is considered to be a platform for experimentation for them.

“We will experiment in this series and it was decided much earlier. Now there is no Shakib but will he not play? He will play in the upcoming World Cup. There are other seniors like Mushfiqur and Riyad (Mahmudullah) and nobody is thrown out,” Nazmul said.

“The problem is if we send two players instead of one in one place in that case we cannot see the player in specific slot (batting wise) and we want to see what others do in specific batting slot,” he said.

“For example, till now Sohan (Nurul) looks good and seemed fit for T20Is but we cannot comment on him after seeing one or two matches and whether he remains in the best XI after all the seniors come remains to be seen,” he said, hinting that he might have to pave the ways after the arrival of Mushfiqur considering the fact team management will hardly approve three wicket-keepers in the team considering there is Liton Das as well.

Bangladesh need to make up their mind about how they want to explore and go about their T20I plans accordingly instead of just for the tour of Zimbabwe, otherwise, it will be a futile exercise to say the least. This message that seniors will return is certainly going to have an impact on the minds of the youngsters as they will be aware that their reasonable performances will hardly be enough for them to retain their places as the senior cricketers have a big say one way or the other. As far as Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur are concerned, their experience will be hard to ignore in the coming days and largely due to this fact the board opted to rest them instead of axing them from T20Is. When they will return - if they eventually make it - it will largely be due to their experience because there is no T20I tournament in between the Asia Cup and World Cup where they can show their credentials to get their place back.