Razzak out of Zim tour
Bangladesh suffered a blow as left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak has been ruled out for this month's tour of Zimbabwe due to injury.
The experienced spinner, who has 118 scalps to his credit in 84 ODI matches, suffered a strained hamstring while batting during the third and final one-day international against West Indies at Warner Park, St Kitts on Friday and returns home to continue with his recovery.
Enamul Haque will replace Razzak on the tour of Zimbabwe where the Tigers will play five one-day matches at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo starting from August 9.
The absence of Razzak, who was Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker during the 3-0 ODI whitewash of West Indies by picking up seven wickets, will definitely reduce the strength of the Tigers bowling attack as leading paceman and Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza also returned home after suffering a knee injury.
The name of Razzak's replacement was a little bit surprising as Enamul has previously hardly been considered as a limited-over bowler and played only three-one day matches against Zimbabwe at home in 2005.
The selectors and the team management however considered him based on an impressive showing in the second Test against West Indies at the National Stadium in Grenada where he took six wickets in two innings.
"Yes, usually we have considered him (Enamul) as a longer-version bowler but Enamul is in good touch and showed an impressive performance in the second Test and the team management also showed an interest in him," said selector Akram Khan, who will leave Dhaka on August 5 to join the team in Zimbabwe.
The 22-year old left-arm spinner Enamul, who returned home a few days back from the Caribbean after playing the Test series against a weakened West Indies, will also leave Dhaka on the same day to join the squad in Dubai on Wednesday and will fly to Zimbabwe thereafter.
It will be a huge challenge for Shakib Al Hasan's men to carry on their good showing in the Caribbean as they whitewashed the home team both in the three-match one-day and two-match Test series.
Bangladesh last played against Zimbabwe at home in January this year where they bounced back to win the series 2-1. They last toured Zimbabwe in 2007 and won the series 3-1.