Over the years, several prominent names from Bangladesh have taken part in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Some of them even went on to become an integral part of the franchises, consistently featuring in the playing XI as an overseas player.
The likes of Shakib al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman have won IPL titles during their stint at Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The Bangladeshi duo has attracted bidders from various franchises during major auctions to receive lucrative contracts.
However, one Bangladeshi talisman who has been unfortunate to miss out on bidders during auctions every year is former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.
The pocket-sized dynamite has found himself useful at the death with his improvisation and innovativeness. Plus, him keeping wickets and carrying notable international experience might have proved to be handy for several franchises.
Nonetheless, Rahim does not have any regrets about not being able to feature in the IPL and stated that nothing is greater than being able to represent his nation.
“No, I don’t have any regrets. I don’t think that playing the IPL can be bigger than representing my country. I think IPL is definitely one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world and all the top-class players of the world play there,” Mushfiqur told Cricbuzz.
“So I would’ve considered myself fortunate enough to play in such a tournament. I could definitely take my game to a higher level, sharing the dressing room with legends. If I get an opportunity then, of course, I’ll play. And if I don’t get then honestly, I will never regret it,” added the wicketkeeper-batsman.
Further into the conversation, Rahim expressed his disappointment in people questioning his commitment. Rahim opted out of the Pakistan tour in 2020, keeping in mind the New Zealand mosque attack.
“I feel very bad when someone questions my commitment. I can say with my hand on my heart that not only as a cricketer but also as a human being I have never been dishonest, nor have I ever cheated anyone. It’s even more embarrassing when people around you who have shared a dressing room with you say it,” concluded Rahim.