Tushar Imran, the highest-scorer in domestic first-class cricket, has been among the runs in the longer version and after the batting failure in Bangladesh’s defeat against Zimbabwe in the first Test, Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes was asked whether there were any plans to give Tushar an opportunity in Tests.
There have been suggestions that the veteran cricketer, adept at playing longer-version matches, having struck 31 tons and scored more than 11,000 first-class runs, could lend help to the Tigers’ floundering batting lineup in Tests. Rhodes was of the opinion that the best players were already playing for the team and the management will back the players they have.
“The guys that are playing now [in the national team] are scoring a lot of runs in the NCL. They are actually scoring more runs than some of the guys that are being mentioned,” Rhodes said yesterday.
The likes of Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain and Ariful Haque are yet to make their mark in the Tigers’ lineup with only Liton making a mark in ODIs. Coach suggested that the young players, who are in the squad now have been performing in NCL too.
“Shanto made a 180, Das made 200, Mominul made 100 not out in his last game. Ariful with a double century… so there is plenty of runs being scored there. And this are good guys, they are good players and at the moment I feel we’ve got our best players bar Tamim and Shakib and so at the moment we are backing these guys.
He also suggested that he loved the Bangladesh dressing room because of their ability to fight back.
“These guys are really determined to put things right and that’s what I love about the Bangladeshi dressing room. They keep surprising me and they keep bouncing back,” Rhodes said.