Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan’s antics during press briefings have been well-advertised, but the BCB boss probably violated the very essence of the game -- respect -- while taking a swipe at Mushfiqur Rahim’s decision to skip the Pakistan tour.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who went under the hammer but remained unpicked during the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction held in Kolkata last Thursday, said that he knew about the outcome beforehand.
While the opening match of the Chattogram leg of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League was a run fest at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday, the following match between Sylhet Thunder and Chattogram Challengers was a rather low-scoring one under the lights at the same venue.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim’s performance behind the stumps has often come under scrutiny because of occasional lapses that cost the team, especially during this summer’s World Cup in England.
A fighting, unbeaten 98-run knock from Mushfiqur Rahim was the only positive in an otherwise horrible batting display from Bangladesh in the second of a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.
A big talking point surrounding Bangladesh’s two-wicket loss to New Zealand was established long before the result, when wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim negated a sure run out of Kane Williamson by dislodging the bails with his elbows when trying to intercept a throw from Tamim Iqbal at mid on that was heading for the stumps anyway.
Yesterday was the first time in Bangladesh’s ongoing training camp that almost all members of the World Cup squad, except Shakib Al Hasan, practised together at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur ahead of their May 1 departure for Ireland.
Bangladesh cricketers had feared for their lives during those frantic moments when their team bus was in front of the Christchurch mosque which got attacked by a gunman. The Tigers faced possibly the worst moment in their lives but star batsman Mushfiqur Rahim said that the team still loves New Zealand.
Generally, Mushfiqur Rahim's mood depends on his on-field performances and, known for his sheer determination and eagerness to play every game for Bangladesh, it was a welcome sight for the team management to see the wicketkeeper-batsman back in action again.