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Rahim wants opportunity to correct mistakes

Mushfiqur Rahim had a disappointing series against South Africa
Mushfiqur Rahim had a disappointing series against South Africa

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim declined to step down from his role following his team's 2-0 series defeat against South Africa.

The Asian team lost the opening game in Potchefstroom by a massive 333-run margin after they were bowled out 320 and 90 in the two innings and went on to suffer another defeat by an innings and 254 runs in the second game in Bloemfontein.

Rahim's decision to bowl first on both the games on a reasonably decent pitch for batting raised questions

"When the team does really well, all the credit goes to the management and when we are not doing well, all the blame comes to the captain. I can take it,” Mushfiqur told reporters after the second Test.

"Obviously all the blame comes to me being the captain. The board will decide about me, since there’s a lot of time before the next test series.

"It is not about what I want. I can’t decide to stay as captain, neither can I leave it. The board has to take the decision and I am sure they will take a good one for the team. Country comes first, not the individual."

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan also expressed surprise at Rahim's decision to bowl but the long-serving skipper insisted that he wants to stay on and rectify his mistakes.

"Captaincy is always challenging, more so in a team like ours," said Rahim.

"We are ranked number nine or 10 always, so there’s a lot of pressure playing against top sides. The last two tests didn’t go as the last couple of years have gone.

"The blame is coming at me, because I decided to field first in both tests. Maybe I haven’t been leading properly and that’s why the team isn’t doing well.

"This is why I am saying that I should be given the opportunity to correct my mistakes."

The two teams will now contest in three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals that will begin on 15th October.

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