Mahmudullah Riyad: Mushfiqur Rahim's Axe From Pakistan T20Is Is Entirely Team Management's Decision
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Mushfiqur Rahim’s Axe From Pakistan T20Is Is Entirely Team Management’s Decision: Mahmudullah Riyad

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mahmudullah Riyad, Bangladesh captain, recently addressed questions about Mushfiqur Rahum’s exclusion from the home T20 series against Pakistan. Mahmudullah Riyad revealed he did not influence Mushfiqur Rahim’s omission from the squad and that Bangladesh would miss him.

Mushfiqur Rahim was a notable miss from the squad for the three-match T20 series, which began on November 19. However, the selectors have justified their decision by revealing they have rested the veteran. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said they decided to do so, considering the team’s busy schedule ahead.

Mushfiqur Rahim. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Image Credits: Getty)

Mahmudullah Riyad: Mushfiqur Rahim’s Axe From Pakistan T20Is Is Entirely Team Management’s Decision

When asked, Mahmudullah Riyad revealed he is unaware of the selectors’ decision behind Mushfiqur Rahim’s omission. Citing the decision solely of the management, the 35-year-old stated that it would be better if the team management is asked for their opinions.

“If you ask the team management, it will be better. I am not sure what Mushfiqur said and can only say something after seeing it. This decision (excluding Mushfiqur from T20) is entirely of the team management and I am not ready to say anything in this regard, but all I can say is that we will miss Mushfiqur in the series.”

Mahmudullah Riyad. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mahmudullah Riyad. (Image Credits: Getty).

Mushfiqur Rahim had a forgettable T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE, managing only 144 runs in eight matches at 20.57. However, Bangladesh’s winless Super 12 run in the tournament is said to have prompted the selectors to revamp the squad and name plenty of youngsters.

Bangladesh Cricket Board has served Mushfiqur Rahim a show-cause notice after the veteran wicketkeeper’s outburst following his omission from the Pakistan T20I series. The selectors had said that the Bogra-born cricketer was rested, considering the four Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand that are part of the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle.

Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t have the best of campaigns in the T20 World Cup 2021, after which he was sidelined. The veteran had poor outings even in Bangladesh’s bilateral home series prior to the multi-nation mega event in Oman and the UAE. He will now have to attend a hearing where he might be asked to put forth an explanation behind his reaction. Mushfiqur Rahim averages a mere 19.8 in 99 T20Is, managing only 1465 runs since his debut in 2006.

Mahmudullah Riyad Will Continue As Bangladesh Skipper If Board Thinks He’s Good Enough For The Role; Pakistan Wins 1st T20I

Mahmudullah Riyad also opened up on his captaincy position, which has come under scrutiny following an underwhelming World Cup campaign.

He said: “It is totally the team management or board’s decision. I am not too worried about it. I will continue if they think I am good enough. If I have to say about my position (as the captain), then I will have to say a lot of things and I don’t want to say it here.”

The three-match T20 series against Pakistan starts on Friday, with all three contests set to be hosted by Dhaka. The two sides will also play a couple of Tests following the T20Is.

Pakistan recovered from early blows to beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the first T20 international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. After being reduced to 24/4, Khushdil Shah’s knock of 34 helped Pakistan rally from the early blows and pipped the hosts to victory. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and decided to bat first.

Khushdil Shah played a key knock of 34 as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in the 1st T20I.© AFP
Khushdil Shah played a key knock of 34 as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the 1st T20I.© AFP

Hasan Ali, whose dropped catch cost Pakistan dearly in the T20 World Cup semi-final, was the pick of the bowlers as he took three wickets. Mohammad Wasim Jr picked up two wickets as the hosts could only manage to reach 127/7 in their allotted 20 overs. Afif Hossain top-scored with 36 runs.

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