Imrul starts rehab, hopeful for India Test
Tribune Report


Injured Bangladesh opening batsman Imrul Kayes has started his rehabilitation after the left-hander suffered a thigh injury during the recent first Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Imrul kept wickets for nearly 150 overs in the first Test after skipper Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a thumb injury. However, he soon suffered a thigh strain while taking a quick run in the first innings and was later taken off the field.

The Meherpur cricketer went to Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday where he spent some time cycling and doing light running. He informed that there is not much pain and expressed hope of recovering before the India Test.

“There is less pain now and I have done some cycling. I also did a running session [yesterday]. I have spoken with the doctor as the Test against India starts February 9. I am hopeful of becoming fit before that,” Imrul told the media.

Along with Imrul, Mushfiq and Mominul Haque will also appear for fitness Test tomorrow. Imrul said his availability will depend on the report of the physio, Dean Conway.

“Obviously I want to play in the India series as it’s a dream for every cricketer. We don’t get much opportunity to play in India. I don’t want to miss this opportunity. We all are excited,” Imrul said.

Bangladesh will take part in a two-day practice match against India A, starting this Sunday. Imrul however, has very little chances of participating in the lone tour game before the historic Test match against the host in Hyderabad.

“My participation in the practice match will depend on the report of the physio and if he gives the green signal, then I will play. Still I have four to five days and I think things will get better in the next few days. I am hopeful of getting fit,” he added. 

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