All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin is ready to return to the field after a long injury lay-off with the third round of franchise-based first-class competition Bangladesh Cricket League, beginning today.
The 23-year old cricketer had been out of all forms of cricket since September last year after he aggravated a back injury, which forced him into long rehabilitation and side-lined him for about four months.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Thursday named him in BCB North Zone, who will face Islami Bank East Zone in the third round in Cox’s Bazar.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said before allowing Saifuddin in BCL they have imposed some restrictions on him considering his fitness problem.
‘He will be allowed to bowl maximum 16 overs in an innings and but can bat as long as required,’ said Minhajul, adding that if he can prove his fitness he will be considered for the Zimbabwe series.
Saifuddin was yet to play a Test but had been a regular member of Bangladesh’s one-day international and Twenty20 side before his injury.
Bangladesh will play one Test, three ODIs and two T20Is against Zimbabwe during the forthcoming series. The limited-over leg of the series will begin on March 1, with the first ODI.
Meanwhile, national team management decided to rest some of the senior members of the Test squad from the BCL third round keeping the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in mind.
The Test, scheduled at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, will start on February 22.
Only three players – Saif Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, and Nazmul Hossain – who were part of Bangladesh squad that played a Test match against Pakistan this week, would play in the third round of BCL.
Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan will also return to action with this round after an injury break.
Mehedi will play for Walton Central Zone, who will take on BCB South Zone in the other third round match, also in Cox’s Bazar.
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