Two subs expose poor planning

Samsul Arefin Khan . Kolkata | Published: 16:41, Nov 22,2019 | Updated: 22:52, Nov 22,2019


Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (R) speaks with Bangladesh batsman Liton Das (C) after he was hit on the helmet by one off Shami’s delivery on the opening day of their day-night Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. — AFP photo

Bangladesh were forced to name two concussion substitutes against India in a day when they replaced Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan respectively with Mehedi Hasan and Taijul Islam on the opening  day of the sides’ maiden day-night Test in Kolkata on Friday.

Mehedi became the first player to play as a concussion substitute for Bangladesh when he came to bat in place of Liton in the post-lunch session and made eight runs in Bangladesh’s first innings total of 106 runs.

Liton was hit on the helmet by Mohammad Shami in the 21st over of Bangladesh innings and the team physio immediately rushed to the field to check on him. After a light inspection, Liton decided to carry on and struck a boundary off the very next ball but started feeling dizzy in the following over.

He was taken off the field on the stroke of lunch, when he was unbeaten on 24, and did not come out to bat after the break. Mehedi entered the field after the fall of Ebadot Hossain to be part of another history.

But it was not the end of story as Bangladesh had to ask for a second substitute when Nayeem felt concussed being earlier hit by Shami on the third delivery after the lunch break.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle approved Taijul as second concussion substitute for Bangladesh on the day and also ruled that he could both bat and bowl. Earlier, Mehedi was approved as batting substitute of Liton, meaning he cannot bowl in the match.

According to rule, a team can have only ‘like-for-like’ replacement in case of a concussion to any player during a match.

Match referee has a big say in concussion substitute as he has the power to restrict a player from bowling for the replacement to be considered like-for-like.

Once the concussion replacement has been approved by the match referee, the replaced player shall play no further part in the match, according to the rule.

The International Cricket Council approved the use of concussion substitutes for all international matches from August this year but this is the first time two subs are being used in a Test.

The use of the rule also exposed Bangladesh’s poor game planning as the team had no substitute batsman left on the bench following the injury of Saif Hasan and return of Mosaddek Hossain.

Mosaddek returned home before the start of the series while Saif was ruled out a long time before the game meaning Bangladesh could have easily flown in a replacement.

But the team management was happy with the available players, which now compelled them to replace a concussed batsman with a spinner.

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