Mushfiqur Rahim is ready to accept criticism over his performance if it is poor, but questions over his sincerity, discipline and responsibilities make him upset.
He naturally faces criticism whenever the Tigers play bad, but the blast by an owner of Bangladesh Premier League franchise Barisal Bulls was so harsh that the Test skipper became seemingly emotional.
Sports journalists were waiting to take photos and comments of the cricketers after Saturday’s practice, but no one was showing up.
At one stage of the wait, they came to know that Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and the others sat with Bangladesh Cricket Board Director and BPL Governing Council Member Secretary Ismail Haider Mallick, and BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury.
The Tigers cleared their stance over the comments MA Awwal Chowdhury, an owner of the Barisal Bulls, made on a TV talk show.
After the lengthy discussion, Mallick came to brief the media. Mushfiqur and Nizam Uddin were also with him.
The Test captain’s tearful eyes and gloomy face were saying it all.
Mallick first spoke about the situation, but the reporters wanted to hear Mushfiqur’s comments.
Mushfiqur, who usually touches every angle during his orderly speeches to the media, lost tracks repeatedly and struggled to speak by the end of his speech.