Batsman Mushfiqur Rahim can be left out of playing in the eleven if he does not travel to Pakistan.
The senior batsman refused to bow under the pressure from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to tour Pakistan, yielding his position at risk in the second ODI against Zimbabwe in the ongoing three-match series in Sylhet.
After a closed-door meeting with the chief selector Minhajul Abedin and head coach Russell Domingo on March 2nd, the 32-year-old batsman was warned that he will no longer have a spot in the playing XI in the second ODI against Zimbabwe if he does not travel to Pakistan for Bangladesh's third leg of the series in the country.
It was said that the chief selector has conveyed the warning on behalf of BCB chief Nazmul Hasan. On the other hand, Domingo came to the defence of Rahim, weighing on the batsman's value to the team in the ongoing series.
‘Yes, we had a meeting with (Rahim) and he will not go to Pakistan’, Abedin confirmed the encounter. However, he did not disclose any other details.
The Bangladeshi cricketer had opted out of the first two legs of the Pakistan tour, citing security reasons. He did not take part in the three T20Is and the first Test of the national team
BCB had earlier affirmed that they would respect the players' choice if they choose not to compete in the tour but later switched their stand.
Hasan urged Rahim to revisit his judgment after seeking the advice of captain Mahmudullah Riyad and his other teammates. However, Rahim insists he will not change his stance in a statement to the media a few days later.
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