Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim had his first net session in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday ever since picking up an injury in the first Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington earlier this month.
It was a possible sign of relief to an injury hit Bangladesh dressing room, that is getting ready to tour India this Thursday for the solitary Test match, starting February 9 in Hyderabad. The Tigers are also scheduled to play a two-day warm-up game in the same city.
Top-order batsman Mominul Haque is also in track with his recovery and is expected to be ready for Bangladesh’s maiden bilateral tour of India. Opening batsman Imrul Kayes can return to the field this Wednesday but there are concern over whether he will be given enough rest to recover from a Grade One muscle tear.
Mushfiq is recovering well from his thumb injury that ruled him out from the second and final Test against the Kiwis. According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's chief physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury, Mushfiq’s recovery is going well and that he should be ready to return to the field this Wednesday.
Dr Debashish also informed that Mushfiq might still feel the pain but that is how it is with this injury.
“There was no fracture on his thumb but he's still suffering from pain. He will need some time to recover from that. It is always different for the wicket-keepers as they continuously have to catch the ball. They are not fully cured from this kind of pain as they do not get enough time to recover. So there will be pain but it should not stop him from playing,” Dr Debashish explained to the media yesterday.
Dr Debashish said it will solely depend on Mushfiq as to whether he can play the India game or not. “But given his character, I think he will play the game,” Dr Debashish added.
Imrul, who picked up a Grade One tear on his left thigh during the first Test against New Zealand, is also recovering well. At this point, Dr Debashish expects the left-handed batsman to return to business this Wednesday.
“But we should keep in mind that he hurt his muscle. The injury might reappear if he does not return fully recovered. We have a fitness test this Tuesday so we will be able to know the latest on him,” said Dr Debashish.
Meanwhile, Mominul is also recovering well from a bruised rib cage and is very much on path to be part of the Test squad in India.