Mushfiqur was relieved of his captaincy and wicketkeeping duties © AFP
Mushfiqur was relieved of his captaincy and wicketkeeping duties © AFP

During his tenure as wicketkeeper-captain, Mushfiqur Rahim was certain to find a spot in Bangladesh‘s XI despite lean form with the bat. However, the selectors have look beyond him now, having handed the Test captaincy to Shakib Al Hasan (Mahmudullah in Shakib’s absence), and the big gloves to Liton Das, who impressed in the first Test against Sri Lanka. The only way for Mushfiqur to retain a position in the team is batting, and he says he is ready for the challenge. ”There’s always pressure, but as a captain, I was an automatic choice,” Mushfiqur was reported as saying by Cricbuzz . “I scored (at times) while being the captain and wicketkeeper, and I even got out for a duck. Now as a top-order batsman, I have to perform.

“I had three jobs and now I have one job. I always try to perform my responsibilities to the best of my ability. I tried to give my best in the last game. I was unlucky in the second innings, the ball wasn’t that great. I will keep trying, and get more runs in the next game,” he added.

Though Mushfiqur had to give up his position behind the stumps, there seems to be no hard feelings: ”I always enjoy fielding. Keeping wickets, of course, gives you a better perspective, especially about the wicket. But I am happy. Liton is batting and keeping well and I think he can serve Bangladesh cricket for 8-10 years.”

He also revealed how his finger injury prevents him from fielding at slip, where Bangladesh need some able hands at this moment: ”We don’t have genuine slip fielders. We are aware of it. Two of my ten fingers are damaged, so fielding in the slips is difficult for me. It becomes hard fielding over there without much confidence.”