Struggling Bangladesh cricket team suffered a fresh injury scare when their in-form opener Tamim Iqbal complained of a groin injury during a fielding practice session in Christchurch on Thursday.
Tamim, the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in the ongoing three-Test series with 278 runs in four innings, including a hundred and two fifties, also made a similar complain before the second Test in Wellington.
The groin injury, however, could not prevent him from playing in second Test, where he scored 74 runs in the first innings in innings of 12-run defeat.
Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mashud told New Age that they would assess his current status today and would make a decision afterwards about his participation in the third and final Test, starting from Saturday.
‘Tamim sustained a groin injury in the same area where he had some previous issues,’ Mashud said.
‘However, it didn’t look that frightening. But we will assess his condition tomorrow [today]. If he feels comfortable with his batting, he will surely play in next Test,’ he added.
The weather report on Thursday suggested overcast condition and rain in Christchurch for next few days, which Mashud said likely to hamper Bangladesh’s final day’s training session as well as the final Test at Hagley Oval.
‘There is overcast forecast here in Christchurch. We will practice in indoor if outdoor practice was not possible,’ he said.
Mashud informed that Mushfiqur Rahim was looking to be in good shape and he was expected to play the third Test for the Tigers.
‘Mushfiq is in a good shape. He is practicing hard in nets and today he also practiced in full rhythm. We are very much confident of getting him for the third Test,’ he added.
The third Test provides Bangladesh their final opportunities to leave New Zealand with something positive after a battering in all previous contests.
Speaking to reporters after Thursday’s practice session pace Abu Jayed urged to give them more exposures in the longer-format to do well in Test matches.
‘If you see the other teams, bowlers played a lot of Test matches. So I think that we need to play a lot of matches,’ he said.
‘Test is all about experience. The number of Test you play, the more you gain experiences. You can then understand how the Test cricket really is. I think we should play a lot of Test matches.
Before the Test series Bangladesh’s four pacers had the collective experience of playing just 15 Tests matches, with Mustafizur Rahman playing alone 11 Tests.
Jayed, who was only bowler with some success in the previous Test with 3-94, informed that he was trying to learn ‘bubble-ball’ from Tim Southee, who has been very successful with this bowling art.
‘I had a discussion with Walsh today. I got my swing in here than home. I think these are developing. I am also trying to bowl the ‘bubble-ball’ which Southee uses in the game.
‘This is just like cross-seam and it looks like an out-swinger but after pitching it acts like in-swinger. I will try to learn it and will talk to Southee regarding it after the match,’ he added.
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