T20 World Cup: Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has revealed that Mushfiqur Rahim does not want to do wicketkeeping in the shortest format of the game anymore.
T20 World Cup: The head coach Russell Domingo’s revelation came after Bangladesh’s defeat in the third T20I against New Zealand on Sunday. “There has been a change in plans. Initially, after speaking to Mushfiqur Rahim, he was going to keep after the second game. But he told me he probably doesn’t want to keep wicket in T20s anymore, so we have to move on. I don’t think Mushfiqur Rahim’s desire to keep in this format is great anymore. We have to focus on Nurul Hasan Sohan, and let him do those duties going into the competition,” ESPNcricinfo quoted head coach Russell Domingo as saying.
Mushfiqur Rahim is yet to come out in the open and reveal his side of the story on why he does not want to don the wicketkeeping gloves in the shortest format of the game.
Domingo’s pre-series comments caused a social media uproar, with former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza leading the criticism.
“After serving Bangladesh for 16 years, Mushfiq does not need to be told that he must perform,” Mortaza wrote in a Facebook post.
He said that Domingo making such public comments showed “disrespect” for Mushfiqur.
New questions were asked after Mushfiqur was also left out of the third clash with New Zealand. Domingo said plans for the third game were changed after Mushfiqur indicated he no longer wanted to be on the T20 side.
“There has been a change after speaking to Mushfiq. He was going to keep after the second game. Mushfiq told me that he probably doesn’t want to keep in T20 cricket anymore,” Domingo told reporters.
“We have got to move on. I don’t think Mushfiq’s desire to keep is great in this format anymore. So we have got to focus on Sohan and possibly let him do the duties.”
Spinner Ajaz Patel’s four-wicket haul helped New Zealand defend 128 and defeat Bangladesh by 52 runs in the third T20I of the five-match series here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
T20 World Cup: With this win, New Zealand registered their first win of the series and the five-game series stands at 2-1 in favour of Bangladesh. The fourth T20I will now be played on Wednesday.
Chasing 129, no Bangladesh batter got going and the top-scorer was Mushfiqur Rahim as he played a knock of 20 runs. The Bangladesh innings folded inside 19.4 overs