Rahim ‘shocked’ after not being informed about Bangladesh’s Asia Cup squad

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“I am unhappy that the selectors didn’t consult me before making the team”

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has revealed that he was “shocked” to find out that the national selectors went ahead and finalised the squad for the Asia Cup without consulting him.

“It [Bangladesh’s Asia Cup squad] is not a subject that I am happy about,” Rahim said. “I have to play with the team I am given. It is the selectors’ duty to pick the 15-man squad. But I am unhappy that the selectors didn’t consult me before making the team. In that sense, I am shocked. I wasn’t aware of the inclusions and the exclusions.”

According to Rahim, chief selector Faruque Ahmed did not contact him about any decisions made when he chose the squad that would represent Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.

“This is the first time such a thing has happened,” Rahim said. “I expected him to call me ahead of squad selection for the Asia Cup.

“Whether he would have taken my opinion was a different matter, I expected him to talk to me about it.”

Rahim also admitted that he was furious about the exclusion of pace bowler Shafiul Islam.

A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director, who refused to be named, revealed that Rahim and Ahmed’s relationship has been deteriorating as of late.

“I think there is a gap between these two that needs to be reduced,” the director said. “Mushfiqur could have easily held an open discussion with BCB’s cricket operations chairman Akram Khan.”

However, Rahim stated that he would do his best with the team that had been chosen.

“He (Faruque) has returned after a long time, so his thinking might not match ours,” Rahim said. “It could also be miscommunication.

“Our bonding will be better the more we talk and work with each other.

“I think any captain deserves to know about the team. I am not aware why it happened in this way. I wish the 15 players well. We will play our best cricket with these players.”

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