Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Bangladesh ponder permutations after Saif Hassan ruled out of Dhaka Test. Saif Hassan was diagnosed with typhoid
Saif Hassan was diagnosed with typhoid
Bangladesh Cricket Board said that Bangladesh opener Saif Hassan has been ruled out from the second Test against Pakistan due to typhoid.
”Saif underwent laboratory tests based on symptoms and reports have confirmed that he has typhoid germs in his body. The batsman is receiving treatment and will continue his recovery under the supervision of the BCB medical team,” BCB said in a statement on Wednesday.
The right-handed batsman wasn't among the runs in the opening Test at Chattogram, which prompted the team management to include uncapped Naim Sheikh for the second and final Test, scheduled in Dhaka from December 4.
However, the inclusion opening batter Naim Sheikh, who is a regular face in Bangladesh's limited-over cricket, raised quite a few eyebrows considering he last played a red-ball game back in February 2020.
Naim, who has played only six first-class games, earned a pair in his last long-format match and was not considered anywhere in red-ball cricket since making his T20 debut.
However, Bangladesh fielding coach Mizanur Rahman on Wednesday hinted that Naim's chance of replacing Saif at the top is very slim as he believes another debutant Mahmudul Hasan Joy, who scored heavily in the just-concluded first-class season, is th top candidate to partner Shadman Islam.
”I am not sure who will open but from what I understand, Shadman Islam is the first choice and he really batted well in the national league and probably might get a chance,” Mizanur said on Wednesday.
”Shanto (Nazmul Hossain) batted well in Sri Lanka and probably will bat at three and hopefully they will handle the new ball better at Dhaka that what they did in the opening day,” he said pointing his finger towards the opening Test that saw the host losing their top-order on both occasions before 20 overs.
Shakib, who was in the squad for the first Test but was left out eventually after failing to recover in time from his hamstring injury, is leaving no stone unturned to make himself available. The all-rounder began his preparation at his own MASCO – Shakib Cricket Academy from November 25 along with his childhood mentor and afterwards began his individual practice at Sher-e-Bangladesh Stadium from November 28.
The team management is losing their sleep over the match fitness of Shakib as he did not play any competitive cricket since Bangladesh's fourth Super 12 match of the T20 WC, due to his hamstring injury.