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'I expect Mushfiqur to go to Pakistan' - BCB chief Nazmul Hassan
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'I expect Mushfiqur to go to Pakistan' - BCB chief Nazmul Hassan

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan has said he hopes Mushfiqur Rahim would reconsider his stance on touring Pakistan for the national team's tour of the country next month.

Mushfiqur opted out of the initial two legs of the three-phase tour of Pakistan when he did not accompany his team's trip to Lahore and Rawalpindi for three T20Is and one Test in late January and early February.

Returning to the Test side against Zimbabwe following a hamstring injury, the 32-year-old slammed the third double ton of his career to set up Bangladesh's first Test victory after six successive losses.

There are reports suggesting Mushfiqur might be keen on touring Karachi for the second Test and one-off ODI in April having earlier cited safety concerns.

Hassan told reporters that Mushfiqur had not yet informed the board about his decision but expected him to travel to Pakistan in greater interest of the nation.

"I hope he will go [to Pakistan]," Hassan said.

"Every contracted player should go. Family is important for everybody, but the country is more important."

Bangladesh were hurt by the absence of Mushfiqur as they crashed to a humiliating defeat by an innings and 44 runs against Pakistan.

His wealth of experience in the middle-order was dearly missed, prolonging Bangladesh's wait for a win in their World Test Championship campaign.

Hassan urged Mushfiqur to consult his brother-in-law Mahmudullah Riyad before making a decision, since the all-rounder led the T20I unit and was part of the Test side for the visit to Pakistan.

"We've said we won't force anyone. But after speaking to all, I think he should go," he said.

Although Hassan had stated he would respect the players' decision regarding touring Pakistan, BCB briefly pondered upon dropping Mushfiqur for the one-off Zimbabwe clash when he refused to take part in the three T20Is and one Test match.