Khaled Mahmud
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Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud has rebuked Bangladesh batter Musfiqur Rahim due to his suicidal shot selection that cost him his wicket on the third day of Bangladesh’s second Test against South Africa on Sunday.

Bangladesh’s former skipper and national team director Khaled Mahmud believes that the reverse sweep that Musfiqur opted to play was wholly unexpected as his side sought a big partnership right at the moment that was eventually ruined in vain due to his audacious shot.

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‘The way Mushfiqur Rahim got out is not expected. We got a few moments for a lunch break. We don’t expect this sort of shot at this moment.’

In the 68.3 over of Bangladesh’s innings, Mushfiq went for a reverse sweep against Simon Harmer that he missed and threw his wicket away, leaving the team at a staggering 210-7.

Following the dismissal of Tigers’ most successful batter, his tail-ender fellows could add only 7 runs forth before they were bowled out in their first innings with 43 runs short to avoid follow on.

Although the host skipper Dean Elgar didn’t enforce follow on yet, Mushfiqur Rahim ought to refrain from selecting the shot considering the situation of the game, accepts the Tigers team director.

‘We needed 43 runs more to avoid the follow-on. Although they didn’t force us to do the same, still it’s a matter of our pride.

He further added that they even couldn’t anticipate that the 34-year-old would go for such a suicidal shot which is direly unfortunate.

‘It’s very unexpected that someone would play such a shot at that time. An experienced player like him, we certainly wouldn’t expect that from him. I can’t really explain. He knows better. It is unfortunate, to be honest.’

Khaled Mahmud acknowledged that these shots are commonly needed in the shortest format of cricket; however, in the Test, it is absolutely intolerable when you need to stay at the crease for the sake of the side’s dignity.

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‘In ODIs, T20s, you have to score runs where reverse sweep suits. But in a Test, when the given situation demands survival at the crease, you can’t play this kind of shot. Only he can answer it. But we did not expect it.

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