Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim, opener Imrul Kayes and top-order batsman Mominul Haque have almost recovered from their injuries as the national selection panel is all set to announced the Bangladesh squad for the tour of India today.
Mushfiq, Imrul and Mominul underwent a fitness test yesterday where the trio came out unscathed. The trio, who are key to Bangladesh's Test batting line-up, had batting sessions in the nets, followed by Imrul and Mominul undergoing fielding sessions.
Mushfiq, meanwhile, was seen keeping wickets. The cricketers are set to undertake two more tests today morning before the national selectors make the final call in the evening.
There is speculation doing the rounds regarding Imrul's probable inclusion for the short tour of India where the Tigers will play a Test match against the host from February 9. Imrul suffered a Grade One tear on his left thigh that can reappear if not properly rested. Thinking of the long term and given that the Tigers will also tour Sri Lanka in late February for a full series, it would be wise to keep him out of the solitary India five-dayer.
However, the Bangladesh trio, who picked up injuries during the New Zealand tour earlier this month, are not suffering from pain, informed Bangladesh fielding coach Richard Halsall.
“Mushfiq kept (wickets) [yesterday] and was pain-free. The team physio (Dean Conway) has put quite a firm plaster around his injured part and he came through it well. It was fairly low-key what we did [yesterday] but yes, he was pain-free,” Halsall told the media in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
“Imrul and Mominul also came through pain-free following rigorous fielding sessions. We will see them [today] morning as well. They will have a batting session [today] and a slightly more rigorous fielding session as well. They didn’t have to do any diving too,” he added.
While talking of Bangladesh’s poor show in the fielding department against the Kiwis, Halsall expressed disappointment. Bangladesh dropped more than 20 catches, especially in the slip cordon, to worsen the side's fortunes.
“Fielding was very disappointing. Sixteen-seventeen catches going down, you don’t expect that from our group. We have been excellent in the last two years, so this is a concern. We have to work on this,” he said.
“We will look at them individually. We will look at how many we caught during practice, where we managed to take those catches during practice and all that. It was never really that cold.
“In fact, the New Zealanders were as mystified as us regarding why they dropped so many catches. They were as concerned as us regarding the number of catches going down,” he concluded.