Former Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has decided to give up his wicketkeeping duties in Test cricket to focus solely on batting and prolong his career.
Mushfiqur, who has made 67 Test appearances in his career so far and has 103 catches and 31 stumpings to his name, feels he has too much on his plate. Mushfiqur represents Bangladesh in all three formats and continues to play in domestic T20 leagues.
Mushfiqur Rahim has informed head coach Russell Domingo about his decision to quit wicket-keeping in the longest format of the game, and Bangladesh coach reportedly agreed after consulting other members of 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 overloaded,” he said.
“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.”
Mushfiqur has scored 3,515 runs at an average of 37 in 55 Test matches where he kept the wickets for Bangladesh. In the remaining 12 Test, his average drops down to 24.47 in which he was not a designated wicket-keeper. However, he now feels that he cannot give his best with the bat if he continues to keep wickets.