Mushfiqur Rahim doesn’t want to keep wickets in T20Is anymore: Bangladesh Head Coach Russell Domingo
Mushfiqur Rahim is yet to reveal his side of the story of why he is not willing to do wicketkeeping in the T20 format.
Updated - Sep 6, 2021 12:19 pm
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has admitted that veteran player Mushfiqur Rahim does not wish to perform wicketkeeping duties in the T20 format. The South African shared the thoughts regarding the same after Bangladesh’s 52-run loss in the third T20I against New Zealand in the ongoing five-match T20 series.
Narul Hasan has been donning the gloves for the team, and Liton Das too has been seen doing wicketkeeping duties in the white-ball formats. If reports are to be believed, then Rahim was set to don the gloves for the third T20I but withdrew last minute and communicated the same to Domingo. Rahim’s reluctance to do wicketkeeping comes just at the time of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
Domingo further opined that Narul Hasan and Sohan are two players, whom the team looks forward to as wicketkeepers. “There has been a change in plans. Initially, after speaking to Mushy, 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’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 Domingo as saying.
Mushfiqur is yet to come out in open to reveal his side of the story of why he is not interested in donning the gloves in the T20 format.
New Zealand win the third T20I due to Ajaz Patel’s brilliance
After losing two T20Is, the Blackcaps finally came to the party by winning the third T20I by 52 runs. Ajaz Patel’s four-wicket haul was enough to bundle the home team out for just 76 runs. This performance from New Zealand should boost their confidence in the remaining two games. Earlier, all-rounder Rachin Ravindra had spoken about how the team should approach on a spinning wicket in Bangladesh.
Well, the New Zealand batters sure showed enough application to get to a par score of 128 runs and gave their spinners something to bowl at. The fourth T20I is scheduled to begin n Wednesday (8 September) at Shera Bangla National Stadium.