Bangladesh heaved a sigh of relief as skipper Mushfiqur Rahim seemed to be ready to lead the side against New Zealand in the opening Test match while opener Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes are also on their way to recovery putting behind their respective injury scare.
Mushfiq sustained a hamstring on his left leg in the opening one-day international to miss the remaining two ODIs and all three matches of the Twenty20 internationals.
Though he was included in the squad for the first Test, his participation was not hundred per cent certain, prompting the team management to keep Nurul Hasan in the side as a back-up wicketkeeper.
However, Mushfiq looked ready to pick up the keeping gloves as he signaled no sign of trouble during his long wicketkeeping drill with assistant coach Richard Halsall on Tuesday.
He also spent adequate time in nets for batting practice, indicating his readiness for the first Test, beginning in Wellington on Thursday.
The visitors were also relieved as Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes returned to nets without complaining much about their injuries.
Tamim and Imrul went under the medical scanner after the Sunday’s third Twenty20 internationals.
Tamim hurt his finger while trying to hold a catch and his opening partner Imrul picked up the injury as he attempted a catch that had sailed over his head before he ran over the digital board beyond the boundary line.
After the game it was found out that Tamim was carrying a sore finger, though he was able to bat.
Imrul was unable to join Tamim for opening the innings as the team management did not want to put him at further risk considering the two-match Test series.
‘There is still one more day left, so we are optimistic regarding availability,’ selector Sazzad Ahmed, who is making regular contact with the team in New Zealand.
‘It was quite frustrating because all of them had substantial amount of Test experience under their belt,’ he said.
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