Russell Domingo, the Bangladesh head coach, is confident regarding the supply of Mushfiqur Rahim for the opening Test against Zimbabwe but added that the team isn’t sure yet on Tamim Iqbal’s availability so far.
Bangladesh hopes that two of their senior cricketers – Tamim and Mushfiqur – who is recovering from knee and finger injuries respectively are going to be fit for the opening Test, which is about to start on July 7 at the Harare Sports Club
Bangladesh team management had decided to rest Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim, who couldn’t participate within the last round matches of DPL thanks to their respective injuries, from the exhibition game also.
However, Tamim batted within the second innings, making an unbeaten 18 off 30 balls but wasn’t comfortable enough. Tamim had already consulted Australian David Young, who had suggested him an extended rest, but the southpaw is pushing to be available for the Test and ODI series.
However, Mushfiqur‘s fractured finger seems to possess healed sufficiently and he’s likely to be available for the tour opener.
“Mushfiqur is pretty confident that he is going to be fit play. He has done his rehab rather well. Everything seems to get on track. I’m pretty confident that he is going to be playing,” Domingo said on Monday. “We are still not 100 percent sure about Tamim. There’s still tons of doubt regarding him. I feel a choice is going to be made within the near future.”
Bangladesh hasn’t had an opportunity to seem at the wicket on which they’re set to play the Test which has left the top coach disappointed.
“Unfortunately, the groundsman hasn’t allowed us to seem at the pitches,” Domingo said. “We are asking the groundsman this afternoon, why he isn’t allowing us to seem at the pitch. [It’s only] once we’ve had an honest check out the pitch either later today or tomorrow, will we’ve more ideas about what kind of bowling attack we’ll be watching .”
Speaking about the competition before them, Domingo stressed the necessity of twiddling my thumbs to urge the simplest result. “We need to twiddling my thumbs, disciplined and hold on to the probabilities which could not come around often. once they do come, we’ve to be mentally able to take those chances,” said Domingo.
“I think when playing in Harare, patience is extremely important with bat and ball. I even have been here a couple of times and scoring rates haven’t been very high. you’ve got to take care of pressure for long periods of your time before getting wickets. it’s not a venue where you run through a batting line-up, or score 350 runs during a day. it’s hard attritional cricket. They play smart cricket here. we’ll have our cut call at subsequent few days.”
Domingo also added that Shakib Al Hasan’s return to the side has boosted the team’s confidence. Shakib is making a comeback within the Test format after skipping the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka to play the Indian Premier League.
“Shakib looks hungry to play Tests again,” he said. “The thing that’s always the key with big players is their desire and attitude once they inherit a Test series. it’s great to possess him back. He balances the side rather well. He bats within the top six, and he’s a frontline bowler. he’s what every international team is trying to find, so it’s pleasing to possess him back. He has brought specialized energy and attitude on this tour, as well.”
Domingo added that albeit the results of the Test are vital, he’s more inclined to follow a process that he feels will eventually guarantee success within the end of the day.
“We are aware that results are always vital. we’d like to start out winning some Test matches. But we also got to confirm we keep that specialize in our preparation, processes, mindsets, and skills going into the match game,” said Domingo, under whom Bangladesh have won only a solitary Test and lost seven of the nine games played
“I thought albeit we lost against the West Indies, we played some good cricket. Although we lost against Sri Lanka, there have been many positive signs to return from that. We are a team that desires to focus considerably on the method. If we will specialize in our performances, and therefore the brand of cricket we are playing, doing the fundamentals well, hopefully, the results will come our way.”
After the opening Test, the tourists are scheduled to play another warm-up fixture on July 14 – two days before the ODI series.
The ODIs are scheduled on July 16, 18, and 20 respectively while the three T20Is are going to be played on July 23, 25, and 27 with Harare Sports Club hosting all the matches of the tour.
Saifuddin, Naim miss training with the ODI group as a precaution
Members of Bangladesh’s ODI squad who aren’t a part of the Test team currently in Zimbabwe began their preparations for the upcoming series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday (July 5). Meanwhile, pacer Mohammad Saifuddin and opening batsman Naim Sheikh weren’t allowed to hitch their teammates on the opening day of coaching as a precautionary measure after a member of the catering service within the BCB academy premises tested positive for COVID-19. Both cricketers were staying at the BCB academy premises.
Adding that the 2 players, who had undergone tests alongside the remainder of the training party on Independence Day, will undergo another test before being allowed to practice.
“They (Saifuddin and Naim) have tested negative within the opening COVID-19 test but as a member of the catering service provider of the BCB academy was found positive, we decided to possess another test of the duo as a part of precaution,” Chowdhury said. “The entire catering staff is removed and a replacement set-up is taking up the academy.
Mossadek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Rubel Hossain, alongside T20 all-rounder Shamim Patowary, who are staying at their respective homes, were present at the rehearsal that was supervised by coaches Sohel Islam, Mizanur Rahman, and Talha Jubair. Mustafizur Rahman wasn’t a part of the session, and Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin said the left-arm pacer was allowed to skip it to spend time together with his family.
“He (Mustafizur) has been within the bio-bubble for an extended time so we decided to offer him leave so that he can stick with his relations. He will join the team and begin his preparation after reaching Zimbabwe,” said Abedin.
While the ODI squad is scheduled to fly for Zimbabwe on July 9, members of the T20I squad will start their preparation from July 9 and can leave on July 16.
After the one-off Test from July 7-11, Bangladesh has a warm-up fixture on July 14 – two days before the ODI series. The ODIs are scheduled on July 16, 18, and 20 respectively while the three T20Is are going to be played on July 23, 25, and 27 with Harare Sports Club hosting all the matches of the tour.