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Mushfiqur refuses to consider touring Pakistan despite BCB's tough stance
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Mushfiqur refuses to consider touring Pakistan despite BCB's tough stance

Mushfiqur Rahim is adamant about not accompanying his team to Pakistan for the final leg of Bangladesh's three-phase tour of the country in April.

The veteran keeper-batsman has reiterated his rigid stance despite Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan recently asking him to reconsider his decision.

Mushfiqur earlier pulled out of Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan for a three-match T20I series and the Test match in Rawalpindi citing family concerns on security-related issues.

"I had already made my stance clear on whether I will go to Pakistan or not and they [BCB] had accepted it. There was an offer from the PSL and I could have submitted my name there," Mushfiqur was quoted as saying to NTV on Thursday.

"I did not give my name there [PSL], so they [BCB] should have shown me more respect since even after knowing the current situation I did not submit my name. Things are pretty clear and it won't change in the future. I only have good wishes for those who travel," he added.

Mushfiqur's absence in the Rawalpindi Test deprived Bangladesh of experience in the middle-order with the hosts romping to an innings win.

He amassed the third double ton of his career against Zimbabwe last week, reinforcing the notion surrounding his importance to Bangladesh's line-up.

Although the BCB had insisted they would respect every player's personal decision with regards to visiting Pakistan, Nazmul made a U-turn on this statement and publicly denounced Mushfiqur's unwillingness in this matter.

"Every contracted player should go. Family is important for everybody, but the country is more important," he told reporters following Bangladesh's win over Zimbabwe.

Nazmul asked Mushfiqur to consult his brother-in-law Mahmudullah Riyad and other teammates before reaching a conclusion on the Pakistan tour.