“A cricketer who has played over 80 Tests, should know he can’t do that” -Tamim Iqbal

  • December 6, 2023

Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi player to be out obstructing the field on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Dhaka today. Tamim Iqbal is making his international debut as a commentator the same day, and he said that a player who has played 80+ Tests should have known better than to handle the ball.

Mushfiqur had scored 35 when he fended off a delivery which dropped close to his feet. Even when the ball was moving away from the stumps, he shoved the ball away with his gloves leading to the umpires going upstairs to verify for obstructing the field dismissal. “A cricketer who has played over 80 Tests, should know he can’t do that,” Tamim said from the commentary box. Tamim asserted that net practice can sometimes form the bad habit of handling the ball.

“Practice habit can make this happen. In the nets, batters often take the ball in hand and return it back to the bowler. Maybe Mushfiqur did it unconsciously and extended his hands. But this obviously can’t be an excuse,” Tamim further added in commentary.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/sports/cricket/news/player-over-80-tests-cant-do-tamim-mushfiqur-dismissal-3487386