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Mushfiq declines to visit Pakistan

  • Published at 09:38 pm January 16th, 2020
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Mushfiqur Rahim AFP

"Mushfiq rang me to inform that he will not go to Pakistan. We are now waiting for his formal letter. Once he does that, we will leave him out of the series," chief selector Minhajul Abedin said

Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has declined to visit Pakistan for the forthcoming series, a team official said Thursday.

"Mushfiq rang me to inform that he will not go to Pakistan. We are now waiting for his formal letter. Once he does that, we will leave him out of the series," chief selector Minhajul Abedin told AFP.

Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20Is, two Test matches and a solitary ODI in Pakistan between January and April.

Mushfiq’s absence could be a blow for Bangladesh who are already without suspended all-rounder Shakib al Hasan.

Minhajul said they are likely to announce the squad for the series in a day or two. 

International cricket has gradually returned to Pakistan in the last four years after it was suspended in the wake of terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.