Mushfiqur Rahim: Michael Vaughan welcomes Bangladesh star to 'exclusive club' after ultra-rare dismissal

Mushfiqur Rahim talks to the umpires after his dismissal against New Zealand (AP)
Mushfiqur Rahim talks to the umpires after his dismissal against New Zealand (AP)

Mushfiqur Rahim has joined a very exclusive club during Bangladesh's second Test meeting with New Zealand in Mirpur.

The former captain became just the second Test batter in the last two decades to be given out after handling the ball on day one of the second Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.

Mushfiqur - who flicked the ball away after playing a defensive stroke against Kyle Jamieson - is the first Test player to be given out for such a mistake since former England Test captain Michael Vaughan 22 years ago.

The rebound did not appear to be heading towards the stumps when he intervened but, having seen him attempt a similar action in a previous Tim Southee over, the Black Caps immediately appealed.

He was given out after on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Paul Reiffel deferred to TV official Ahsan Raza, with the wicket officially recorded as 'obstructing the field' following a 2017 tweak to the laws that removed the 'handled ball' mode of dismissal.

Vaughan was the last Test batter to fall foul of that method during a 2001 clash against India in Bengaluru and was quick to show solidarity with Rahim.

Writing on X, formerly Twitter, he said: "Welcome to the very exclusive Handled ball club mushfiqur15...only proper players are members...". He later posted a clip of the incident and added "easily done".

Another Englishman, the great Sir Len Hutton, has stood as the only player to be given out for obstructing the field in Test cricket since 1951.

Rahim's lapse in concentration provided one of 15 wickets to fall on the day, with the hosts bowled out for 172 before New Zealand mustered 55 for five in response.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.