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Mushfiqur decides not to keep wickets in Tests
Bangladesh News

Mushfiqur decides not to keep wickets in Tests

Mushfiqur Rahim said he intends to forgo wicketkeeping duties in Tests in a bid to extend his playing career across formats.

The 32-year-old has made 67 appearances in the longer version of the game and has taken 103 catches and enacted 31 stumpings but wants to focus his attention solely on batting.

The demands of the gruelling five-day format along with the hectic cricketing calendar means Mushfiqur has a lot on his plate.

"I am not interested to keep wickets in Tests. 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 told the ICC.

Mushfiqur is one of the leading run-scorers for his country, accumulating 4029 runs at an average of 34.73 in Test cricket.

His average drops to 24.47 in the 12 games he has not kept the wickets but he still believes he is better suited to playing as a specialist batsman in the line-up.

"It is not that I cannot do well despite keeping wickets. I scored my two double centuries while keeping wickets and it is the same with all my Test centuries. Probably as a keeper my batting record is better and I still feel that when I am keeping, I get a better idea about my batting because I can see everything from behind and it helps," he argued.

'The only thing I can do is minimise my workload'

Mushfiqur, one of the players involved in the strike called against the cricket board, felt he was at a stage of his career where workload management is the top priority.

"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 minimise my workload and that is only possible by not keeping in Test and that's why I have taken this decision."

Bangladesh are scheduled to kick off their World Test Championship campaign with two games against India next month with Mushfiqur expected to be a vital member of his side's middle order.