It hasn’t been a good series for Bangladesh, more so for their captain Mushfiqur Rahim who’s been subject to criticism from his own board. After multiple gambles which didn’t pay off, blaming his bowlers & the management openly; the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reportedly been looking for a new captain in tests. There are reports that some of his words has offended the board hugely and the Tigers may have a new captain in the longest format of the game as early as December when they take on Sri Lanka in their own backyard.
However, Mushfiq doesn’t seem to agree with the board. The captain wants more time to correct the mistakes he did in the recently concluded test series against South Africa. Mushfiq surprisingly took bowling in batting-friendly pitches in both the tests which surprised almost everybody. The decisions backfired immensely as they lost both the tests by huge margins. The blame was understandably on the skipper. With reports of Mushfiq stepping down as test captain, the elegant batsman decided to take the challenge on by squashing those rumors. He said, “The blame is coming on me because I decided to field on both tests. I haven’t been able to lead my side properly and that’s why I believe I should be given chances to correct these mistakes”. He laughed off the rumors of resigning by saying, “Why should I resign? It isn’t an individual game, it’s a team game. Obviously the blame will be on me as I’m the leader. The board will decide my future. They gave me the ultimate honour of leading my motherland. I gave my all with honesty. If they aren’t satisfied by the progress, they’ll give us that verdict.
Mushfiq also rued the absence of two of the their best players, namely Tamim Iqbal &Shakib Al Hasan. He said, “Tamim&Shakib didn’t play which was a setback for us. Subcontinent teams generally suffer in South Africa. It was very difficult for us. We had a great opportunity to play well as everyone is very capable. But we couldn’t perform to our expectations whihch is very disappointing for us”.