Bangladesh’s Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim may have to rest his keeping gloves in the lone Test match against India in order to give him more time to heal his wounds, said Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan on Monday. India is set to start their campaign against Tigers with a Test match at Fatullah from June 10-14 before a three-match one-day series at the later part of the month.
Mushfiq is currently rehabilitating to recover from the injury that he sustained during the first Test match against Pakistan at Khulna on his ring finger while attempting a catch off seamer Mohammad Shahid.
The 28-year-old ignored the advice of skipping wicketkeeping in the next match in Dhaka denying himself the chance of full recovery. As a result he sustained hairline fracture in the second Test match.
His penchant for wicketkeeping did not amuse the BCB high-ups and the wicketkeeper was told to choose between wicketkeeping and Test captaincy by the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan.
Mushfiq recently said he left the decision on team management, but no word came from them till now.
However, it appeared Nazmul is fully aware of his situation and speaking at a programme at Mirpur on Monday, he insisted the skipper would skip the wicketkeeping for at least India Test.
‘Basically he is not having any problem keeping wickets and he also wants to continue with his keeping,’ said Nazmul.
‘ But since there is doubt over his full recovery in this series chances are there that he may not take up keeping,’ said Nazmul.
Nazmul said Mushfiq needs to take up the decision whether he wants to continue as captain, batsman and wicketkeeper in the longer period.
‘There was a time when removing him from the captaincy came under discussion but we did not take any decision in this regard,’ said Nazmul.
‘If he feels any pressure then he has to take the decision whether he wishes to continue or not. At the moment he is fine with his keeping,’ he said.
No DRS for India series
Nazmul said that there would be no Decision Review System (DRS) in the series against India.
The BCB used DRS in the three-match Test series against Zimbabwe and Two-match Test series against Pakistan, but India’s reservation about the technology prompted to abandon that for this time.
‘Usually in matches involving India there is no use of DRS, so this series should not be an exception,’ said Nazmul.
-With New Age input