Discussions have been going on regarding Bangladesh’s possible upcoming tour of Pakistan for originally scheduled two Tests and three T20Is later this month. However, still uncertainty looms as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) mentioned they will be giving a clear stance — whether to play just the three T20Is or to play the two Tests first and push the T20Is for later date as proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) — regarding the tour on January 12.
And Mashrafe, who has already retired from Tests and T20Is, was asked if he would consider touring Pakistan in such situations. The 36-year-old pacer said that, had he been in the squad, he would have toured Pakistan after consulting with his family.
“To be honest if you ask me, I would have gone but obviously 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. May be but not sure as it depends on my family too,” said Dhaka Platoon skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza after their 11-run defeat against Rangpur Rangers during their Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) encounter in Mirpur today.
Mashrafe also mentioned that it actually depends on each individual and that he also respects the decision of the ones who don’t want to tour Pakistan. Mushfiqur Rahim was the only one from the current Test and T20I squad to inform about his unwillingness to tour Pakistan.
“But then again it doesn’t mean those who does 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 own perspective.” concluded Mashrafe.