Mehedi battles with fitness

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, May 17,2018 | Updated: 01:14, May 17,2018

 
 

A file photo from May 8, 2018 shows Bangladesh all-rounder Mehedi Hasan taking part in a fitness training session at Mirpur. — New Age photo

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehedi Hasan on Wednesday hoped that he would be fit in time to make it to the squad for the three-match Twenty20 international series against Afghanistan.
Mehedi was nursing an old shoulder injury that kept him side-lined from the first week of April as he missed the final few rounds of Bangladesh Cricket League first-class competition.
‘The concern that I had over my injury it had gone. I was afraid I might be needed a surgery. Hopefully I don’t need it now. I am now trying to be hundred per cent fit,’ Mehedi told reporters in Mirpur.
‘I have started throwing though I am not giving hundred per cent force now. My throwing up to 25 metre is now okay. I have to do the rest through gym work and rehab,’ said Mehedi.
Mehedi celebrated his 24th birthday on Wednesday, though his official date of birth is on October 25, 1997.
Mehedi played all five matches of Bangladesh in Nidahas Trophy, making him a vital cog in Bangladesh spin attack in Twenty20 cricket along with other formats.
Mehedi felt if he can join Sakib al Hasan in Bangladesh squad for the Afghanistan series the Tigers will have a better spin attack than their counterparts in the series.
Afghanistan have prodigious leg-spinner Rashid Khan and 17-year old off-break bowler Mujeeb ur Rahman in their line-up and duo has been considered as the biggest threat for Bangladesh in the three-match series.
‘Afghanistan have two good spinners. We also have spinners. We have Sakib bhai, Riyad [Mahmudullah] bhai also bowls well if necessary. Overall our spinners have better communications and we have also more experience,’ said Mehedi, who led Bangladesh to third place in ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2016.
Bangladesh will leave home on May 29 to play the three-match Twenty20 series from June 3-7 against Afghanistan in Indian city Dehradun. 

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