Bangladesh Cricket Board Friday confirmed Mushfiq’s decision to sit out the tour, citing his family’s reservations about him traveling to Pakistan
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim expressed displeasure over intense media queries with regards to his decision to opt out of the tour of Pakistan.
Bangladesh Cricket Board Friday confirmed Mushfiq’s decision to sit out the tour, citing his family’s reservations about traveling to Pakistan.
“What other reason can there be? I have nothing to do if you do not know [if I have other reason or not],” said Mushfiq to a query from a reporter at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Friday.
“Like I have said before, my family is concerned with me travelling to Pakistan. Keeping them in a worry I do not have the mentality to go and play in Pakistan,” said Khulna Tigers’ Mushfiq following their 21-run defeat to Rajshahi Royals in the final of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20.
The 32-year old also brushed off speculation over his partial availability in the upcoming tour, but did exude optimism that the security situation will improve in Pakistan in the coming years when he might decide to travel.
“There is no reason for the decision to change. I have already said I will not travel to Pakistan. I have written this to the board and this has been accepted. I will not be part of this full series,” said Mushfiq.
“It was a tough decision for me [to opt out of the series]. But one needs to understand the fact that I even decided to not be part of PSL [Pakistan Super League T20] because that is to be played in Pakistan. My family is not permitting me. Life is never ahead of cricket.
“At the same time I would also like to say the situation in Pakistan has improved recently [in terms of security] but I would like to give it another two or three years. I will gain confidence if I get to see many teams travelling there.
“I have toured Pakistan before, in 2008. It is a tremendous place to play cricket. The wickets are batting friendly and I will miss that. But in future if the situation there remains consistently well, there is no reason for me not to tour Pakistan.”
The tour will begin later this month and conclude in April.
Split into three parts, Bangladesh will first play the three T20Is between January 24-27 in Lahore before traveling back home.
The Tigers will return to Pakistan to play the first Test in Rawalpindi, starting on February 7, before the Pakistani players take part in the PSL.
Bangladesh will come back home before returning to Pakistan to play the lone ODI on April and the second and final Test, starting on April 5 in Karachi.