Taskin Ahmed on Blessing Muzarabani face-off: I told him to focus on bowling rather than abusing me

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The pair exchanged heated words during the second over of the day’s play

Taskin Ahmed has said he decided against ceding any ground to Blessing Muzarabani during the duo’s heated mid-pitch face-off on day two in Harare, as a protest against what he saw as sledging from Zimbabwe’s players.

The incident took place in the second over of the day. Taskin, Bangladesh’s No. 10 batter, performed a jig after evading a short ball from Muzarabani. The Zimbabwe fast bowler seemed to exchange heated words with Taskin as he walked towards him in his follow-through. Before long, the verbal exchange took on an almost physical aspect as Muzarabani pushed his face into the grille of Taskin’s helmet. Some of Zimbabwe’s fielders had to intervene to separate the pair.

“Their fast bowlers were attacking me with bouncers, and trying to get me out,” Taskin said after scoring his maiden international half-century and putting on 191 with Mahmudullah for the ninth wicket. “I think I was handling them well. Some of them were abusing me as well, but when they did it for the third time, I told him to do something with the ball rather than abusing me.”

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