To reduce his workload to prolong his career, Mushfiqur Rahim has decided to give up wicket-keeping in Tests. The 32-year-old held a different opinion earlier and wanted to contribute as a wicketkeeper in Tests but he has changed his mind after giving it some serious thought and has informed head coach Russell Domingo of the same. Domingo has agreed to Mushfiqur Rahim’s decision after consultation with the team management.
“I am not interested to keep wickets in Test. Now there are lots of games in the upcoming days and I play in all formats. Apart from international cricket, I play in DPL (Dhaka Premier League) and BPL (Bangladesh Premier League). Considering everything, I think it is getting a bit over-loaded,” said Mushfiqur.
“I want to perform for a long time and because I am playing across formats I needed to think. I did not have any severe injury during the last five years but at the same time, I did not take a substantial amount of rest. In the future, such scenarios should not arise that I have to take rest in one or two series. So instead of that [missing series for rest] the only thing that I can do is minimize my workload and that is only possible by not keeping in Test and that’s why I have taken this decision,” he added.
Previously Mushfiqur Rahim was criticized for his occasionally sloppy glovework, although he reiterated that it played no part in his decision to give up keeping.
“Criticism is not new and it is not happening for just the last year. Everyone is not ShakibAl Hasan that he will give his hundred percent both with bat and ball. Probably my batting and keeping were not on the same level and there can be lacking from my side. If that was the case then I would have left keeping across the format.
“It is not that I cannot do well despite keeping wickets. I scored my two double centuries while keeping wickets and it is the same with all my Test centuries. Probably as a keeper by batting record is better and I still feel that when I am keeping I get a better idea about my batting because I can see everything from behind and it helps,” he said.