Tamim Iqbal was the given the responsibility of helping bowlers in the 2nd Test    Getty Images
Tamim Iqbal was the given the responsibility of helping bowlers in the 2nd Test Getty Images

Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiaur Rahim on Thursday stated that coach Chandika Hathurusingha had given most of the senior players few roles on the field, as veteran Tamim Iqbal was given the role of helping the bowlers closely, during the second and final Test vs England at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. Rahim said that four seniors in the form of Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and himself, were awarded the role by the coach. The clarification comed from Rahim after it was speculated that Rahim’s captaincy is being questioned, while Tamim was the given the responsibility of helping bowlers in the 2nd Test. FULL Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England, 2nd Test at Mirpur

“During the tea break, the coach was angry towards the players, which was obvious as we were not able to execute our plans in the middle. The bowlers also struggled to execute. We had a group chat comprising all the senior players and the coach. He told the senior players to step up and take the responsibility. We were given some roles. Tamim was standing at mid-off so that he could help the bowlers closely,” Rahim was quoted saying by Dhaka Tribune. Mehedi Hasan promised new home by Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

“To add to that, close-in fielders like Mominul [Haque] and Mahmudullah Riyad bhai, they were also given roles to distract the batsmen. Shakib and Miraz meanwhile, were given roles as bowlers so that they could get the breakthroughs. With the combination of everyone’s effort, we were able to win the match,” he added.

“Coach always tells us, whoever has the ball in his hand, he is the captain at that time as only he knows how and what to do in that particular situation and what is the plan. So, all the 11 players in the team always try to follow that and whatever message we receive from the coach, we discuss and try to implement that on the field. Especially us, the four senior members of the team, were given instructions to lead from the front and fulfill the responsibilities,” he said again.

Speaking on his three roles, as captain, batsman and wicketkeeper, Rahim said, “I think I am enjoying all the three roles at the moment,” Mushfiqur said. “If you notice, wicketkeeping has always been my first priority. I have scored a double-hundred in Tests and also kept wickets in the same game. There is always a soft corner for it [keepin].

“But if the team management and the board decide that they might get the best outcome by picking someone else and approach me, then I will have to think about it. I will decide which will help my team as we all are part of the team,” he concluded.