Striking performances were hardly on display in the practice game played among the members of the Bangladesh Asia Cup squad at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today. However, what stood out was how Shakib Al Hasan transmitted specific instructions towards the players on the day.
Mosaddek Hossain, Bangladesh skipper for the third and series-deciding T20I against Zimbabwe, mentioned that one over from Nasum Ahmed made the difference at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.
It was a one-man show from Mosaddek Hossain as the Bangladesh off-spinner restricted Zimbabwe to 135 for 8 in the second T20I in Harare yesterday.
Bangladesh gave a strong reply to Zimbabwe after losing the T20 series opener yesterday, with Mosaddek Hossain Saikat running the show in Harare yesterday.
The national cricket team's selectors are not considering any replacement for injured batter Yasir Ali, who has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against the West Indies after suffering a back injury in the warm-up game.
Bangladesh batter Mosaddek Hossain said that the ongoing three-day practice match between Bangladesh and CWI President’s XI in Antigua will definitely help the visiting sides’ batters adjust to the condition in the Caribbean ahead of their multi-format series against the home side.
Bangladesh lost yet another Test series at home. The 10-wicket mauling by a fairly inexperienced Sri Lankan side on the final day of the second Test in Mirpur yesterday meant that the Tigers have now lost all the five Test series played against Sri Lanka at home, including the 1-0 series defeat in the latest one.
With spinner Nayeem Hasan ruled out of the second Test following a fracture to his hand, all of a sudden the focus has turned to Mosaddek as a bowling option.
“As far as I know he [Mohammad Saifuddin] is experiencing some pain and it may take some time,” Akram Khan said. “I will talk to the physio [Thihan Chandramohan] about that. But Mosaddek Hossain may be fit for the next game.