Mushfiqur Rahim appeals for clarity from national selectors post Pakistan T20Is omission
Rahim stated that there is no shame in being dropped but things should be clear.
Updated - Nov 18, 2021 12:09 pm
One of the most experienced campaigners of Bangladesh Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t find a place in the T20I squad that will face Pakistan for a three-match series. However, the cricketer added that the decision didn’t surprise him as he wasn’t up with his teammates in the preparation camp and carried out his gym sessions all alone. As Rahim didn’t make a cut for the first time since 2008, the cricketer felt that national selectors didn’t convey things clearly.
The selector went on to refer to his ‘omission’ as ‘rest’ keeping in mind the four-Test games which are in place against New Zealand and Pakistan. However, the cricketer didn’t like this idea and was of the opinion that things should be conveyed in a clear manner rather than sugar coating and presenting in different words.
“Certainly [they should say that I am dropped] because everyone should say the truth because nothing is bigger than the team and I am just an ordinary member. The performance goes up and down and everyone should be judged by performance and fitness. They could have easily said that we are thinking something else and not considering you in this series and if you can perform then..,” said Rahim as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Mushfiqur Rahim opens up on his confusion state regarding omission
The 34-year-old further reckoned that ups and downs are very much part of a cricketer’s life and it’s not that he is getting dropped for the first time but definitely after a long while. He would have been in a much better space had the selectors clearly conveyed to him about his omission rather than calling it a rest.
“’If they had said it like this then I would have felt it much better that at least they have shown some respect. If they were thinking of the upcoming four-Test matches then they could have said that then before the World Cup they could have said that “we have four Test matches and you can take a break” and it would have been appropriate because I would be mentally ready and could have taken my preparation accordingly and perhaps could have made plans differently like could have played two rounds of NCL but they informed so late that I cannot make any preparation plans for the Tests,” added Rahim.