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I would have toured Pakistan: Mashrafe Mortaza

Star Bangladesh all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza said that he would have toured Pakistan for T20Is and Tests if he was the part of Bangladesh squad.

Former Bangladesh skipper, who has retired from Tests and T20Is, said after a match in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) that he would have no hesitation to tour Pakistan for the Test and T20I series if he was the part of the squad.

Mashrafe Mortaza, in an interview with the Daily Star newspaper, said, “To be honest if you ask me, I would have gone, but I would have consulted with my family. I don’t know what my family would have said, as this would be the first time I would discuss this matter. But if you only ask me about going to Pakistan or not, I would say yes, I would go.”

Mashrafe also defended the decision made by some Bangladesh players who don’t want to travel Pakistan for Test series.

He said, “But then again it doesn’t mean those who do not want to go are fault as obviously life comes first before the game. So, it is important for the individual call, and with due respect, everyone is right from their perspective.”

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Bangladesh was initially scheduled to tour Pakistan from January 18 for three-match T20I series and two-match Test series.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to play the T20I series, but the Test series remains a concern. Bangladesh proposed Pakistan to host the Test series at a neutral venue, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rubbished BCB’s proposal.

The BCB took players’ consent for the Pakistan tour a week ago. Mushfiqur Rahim, the wicketkeeper-batsman refused to tour Pakistan for either series, but the Test captain Mominul Haque confirmed, with a majority of Bangladesh cricketers, confirmed to visit Pakistan.

Mashrafe Mortaza, regarding Mushfiqur’s refusal, said,” Mushfiqur never showed any interest in touring Pakistan. The other players said that they wanted a short tour. We have informed PCB about our players’ consent. We won’t get most of our coaches, but our head coach is ready to tour Pakistan.”

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