It was a 10 year long prevention from hosting any cricket series, but Pakistan finally came out of the ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore back in 2009. After Pakistan hosted their first tour in a decade with the Lions, now its Bangladesh that will be visiting them. But what is Mustafizur Rahman up to? His tweet before leaving for Pakistan is raising several questions!
While some Bangladeshi cricketers, including Mustafizur Rahman himself was unwilling to go on tour to Pakistan at first, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) were finally on an agreement after the teams were gathered in a meeting in Dubai.
However, just before tomorrow’s inaugural T20 match, Mustafizur Rahman has become the main topic of discussion on Twitter. The 24 year old tweeted a group photo, along with the caption: “Heading to Pakistan. Remember us in your prayers. #PAKvBAN”
Check out the tweet here-
— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) January 22, 2020
Unclear of the bowler’s intention behind the caption, the followers stormed in with hilarious comments.
“Is it that scary that everyone has to pray?” one follower wrote.
Another user replied: “Have a blast!”
“you are most welcome, don’t feel scare, if you can play in India, Pakistan is much safer than India currently,” a Pakistani follower commented.
Another follower criticised: “Wait what? Remember us in your prayers? Are you on to some war? We are just playing cricket here, dude.”
However, one user pointed out by saying that its how Mustafizur usually greets his fans after leaving for a foreign cricket tour.
“Mustafiz often writes this. We should not take it out of context.” the follower commented, referring to the cricketer’s similar tweet last year before Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand.
Mustafiz often writes this. We should not take it out of context. https://t.co/aw9iec2opy
— Ashar Jawad (@AsharJawad) January 22, 2020
Mustafizur, who made his limited overs international debut back in 2015, played his last T20 game against India back in November. He joined Mumbai Indians in 2018.
Starting from tomorrow at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Bangladesh will be facing the hosts in a three match T20 series, followed by a two match Test series, and a one-off ODI game in between the red ball matches.