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Tigers mull options for first ODI

Published: Sunday, December 25, 2016 5:11 PM    |     Modified: Sunday, December 25, 2016 5:11 PM

Bangladesh will take on New Zealand on Monday in the first one-day international of the three-match series, their first bi-lateral one in abroad in two years, and Tigers management is yet to decide their playing XI. Mustafizur Rahman, the left-handed paceman, who has been instrumental in Tigers’ success, largely at home soil, took part in the practice match on Friday and may take on field for his first game since he underwent a shoulder surgery. Mustafiz grabbed 2-39 by bowling seven overs against New Zealand XI in the warm-up match and though he is keen to play in the match but apart from his bowling fitness, fielding, specially throwing could be a major issue. He may have to resist himself from diving to protect his shoulder. On Sunday, Bangladesh physio Dean Conway gave the green signal that Mustafiz is fit to play but the whole thing depends on his mindset and team management said they will wait for him till the last moment. Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe on Sunday ahead of the match in a press conference said that  he will receive feedbacks from physio and it will up to Mustafiz whether he decides to play in the match. ‘I have to talk with my fielding coach because I was back up there and was not there. I will get the feedback from him and how he goes and feedback from the physio and Fizz [Mustafiz] himself. If he is feeling hundred per cent than he had very good chance of playing in the eleven,’ said Hathurusinghe. With Mashrafee bin Murtaza and Taskin Ahmed making the pace attack Tigers are still undecided whether they will go for Mosaddak Hossain or Tanveer Haider for the all-rounder spot. Tanveer is yet to play any international game but his leg-spin could be an attacking option and he seemed confident in the practice with willow in his hand. On the other hand Mosaddek, who showed impressive batting and off-spin bowling against England, has the experience in the international level and could be useful against left-arm batsmen. Though there are some uncertainties in bowling department but the top seven is all but certain with Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes opening the innings. Soumya Sarkar, who seems to be getting back from his prolonged lean-patch, is supposed to bat at number three and that would mean Sabbir Rahman will bat at number seven. Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and Sakib al Hasan, the experience trio that gives Bangladesh middle order solidity and strength will bat on fourth, fifth and sixth position. – See more at: http://www.newagebd.net/article/5577/tigers-mull-options-for-first-odi#sthash.6QFdtWm6.dpuf

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