Mustafizur Rahman not fully fit

Bangladesh recently announced their 15-man squad for the only test against India. There were few changes made into the squad that toured New Zealand. Cheif selector, Minhazul Abedin, addressed the media in a press conference with regards to the squad selection. 

Mustafizur Rahman left out of the squad…

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Mustafizur Rahman not risked as he sit’s out due to lack of fitness (Image Credit – AFP)

“He has still some deficiencies in skill and fitness. In a test match, a bowler has to bowl for a longer period of time and Mustafiz, yet, hasn’t achieved that kind of fitness. To attain desired skills for test cricket, he requires much time. We had included him for the second test in New Zealand since many of our players were ruled out due to injuries, but now we are preparing him for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. We are also planning to give Mustafiz a chance to play a match of BCL. He is out of the field for a longer period of time and we have to observe him first. If we find him fit enough for the test cricket, then we will consider him again.”

Liton Das and Shafiul Islam’s return to the squad…

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Liton Das scored 219 runs recently to justify his selection in the squad (Image Credit – BCB)

“We had considered Liton Das before England series and he was also included in our primary test squad. He had also some injury concerns and didn’t show enough competence to come back to the squad after recovery. But recently he has scored a double ton in BCL and as the match against India will be held in the subcontinent, so he can get a chance to prove his adequacy again for the national team.”

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Shafiul Islam returns back to the squad (Image Credit – REUTERS/Action Images)

“As you know, Shafiul was our first choice for the tour of New Zealand but unfortunately, we had to replace him with Rubel due to injury. But now he has recovered and we considered him for the India tour.

Nurul Hasan Sohan’s future…

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Nurul Hasan played a good hand when he replaced Mushfiqur Rahim at Christchurch (Image Credit – AFP)

“Exclusion of Sohan doesn’t mean that he’s out of our pool. Sohan is a fantastic wicket keeper but we are now focusing on our batting order as well. All batsmen struggle on Indian pitch typically and we reckon that Liton will be the best fitted in that condition instead of Sohan. And most importantly, Mushfiq is hundred percent fit now and we expect that he will be able to perform as a keeper in that test match. Sohan is unlucky actually.”

Bangladesh’s prospect against India…

“They are obviously a superior side to us but our players are also gaining experience day by day. In recent past, they have executed some brilliant performances and hopefully, they will carry on the venture on Indian soil.”

Bangladesh will play their practice game soon. It will be interesting to see how the players perform then and which 11 will make it in the team for the test match.

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