Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2015-16 January 17, 2016

Taskin replaces injured Mushfiqur for remaining T20Is


Mushfiqur Rahim had to retire hurt midway through his batting stint during the second T20I on Sunday because of a hamstring injury © AFP

Bangladesh have included domestic batting sensation Mosaddek Hossain and pace bowlers Mohammad Shahid and Muktar Ali in their 14-man squad for the third and fourth T20s against Zimbabwe, in Khulna.

While Shuvagata Hom, Al-Amin Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman were rested for the last two games, Mushfiqur Rahim was ruled out after picking up a hamstring injury during Sunday's 42-run win. Taskin Ahmed, the pacer who last played for Bangladesh in June 2015, was named as his replacement.

"Mushfiqur has strained his right hamstring while batting," said Bayjedul Islam Khan, the team physio. "He will undergo a scan in Dhaka tomorrow (Monday). Usually it takes two to three weeks to recover from such injuries. However, we will be able to assess his condition better after receiving the scan report."

Meanwhile, the call-ups are a first for Mosaddek and Muktar in the Bangladesh set-up, while Shahid has also been picked in the T20 squad for the first time; he has already played five Tests for Bangladesh. Shahid and Mosaddek had been training with the Bangladesh team in Khulna since January 9 while Muktar joined a couple of days ago.

Mosaddek became a known figure after hitting three double-hundreds in first-class cricket last year. Muktar is a utility all-round cricketer who predominantly bowls medium-pace. Mosaddek, Shahid and Muktar all played in the recently-concluded BPL, with Shahid the most successful performer among the three.

The Bangladesh team management has been using the T20 series against Zimbabwe to try out new combinations for the upcoming Asia Cup T20 and World T20, in February and March.

Bangladesh squad for the third and fourth T20s: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Arafat Sunny, Nurul Hasan, Mohammad Shahid, Abu Hider, Mosaddek Hossain, Muktar Ali, Taskin Ahmed

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Nasim on January 18, 2016, 15:18 GMT

    Probable best BD XI from current squad- (1) Tamim/Imrul (2) Soumya (3) Sabbir (4) Mosaddek (5) Riyad (6) Shakib (7) Nurul (WK) (8) Mashrafe (C) (9) Muktar (10) Rony (11) Taskin. However, Nasir should fit better than Riyad at no. 5 position and Mustafiz at no. 10. Taskin must outperform Alamin in order to reclaim his no. 11 position. Mushfiq's injury can be a golden opportunity for Mosaddek to make an impression. either Mosaddek or Nurul should bat at 4 in order to give one of them a proper test run.

  • Mehdi hasan on January 18, 2016, 14:06 GMT

    BD needs their approach right in T20 format, still BD batsman got nervous and throw their wickets , if you think T20 just hitting 6 or 4 then surely you will miss the trick, be calm and bat according to plan , score run in a steady rate , have wickets in hand , it is so crucial. experiment does not make you win, it is the mentality and approach makes you perfect habitual with the format. just keep basic right, Zimbabwe just was throwing their match that made it easy for BD to win handsomely.

  • Adel on January 18, 2016, 4:44 GMT

    Congrats to team Bangladesh from an Indian fan. This bangladesh team is a very good team under the leadership of MASHRAFE bin MORTAZA and the real talents like Tamim, Sarkar, SHAKIB, SABBIR, MUSTAFIZ, MAHMUDULLAH et el. BANGLADESH should play big boys to keep improving their skills and temperament and not engage with lower tier teams like afgans or scotland. Bangladesh has nothin to learn by playing these minnows. We know India ad Austalia are tied up but then KIWIS and PROTEAS are teams that BD should look forward to playing with.

  • Cricinfouser on January 18, 2016, 3:26 GMT

    Really frustrated not to see Nasir Hossain there. He will certainly loose his confidence for sure by not playing a single International match for long time. He's in khulna with the full team.

  • Shoyab on January 18, 2016, 1:47 GMT

    Why don't you guys play Abu Haider in the side? He proved his capability in the BPL 3rd edition. Why you selectors are waiting for? Now a days Taskin is out of form and Abu Haider will be the perfect choice for rest of the T20s. He is a young talent and should get chance to play ... no more waiting.

  • Shahidullah on January 18, 2016, 1:43 GMT

    Nasir really does deserve a place in the squad. Also, what happened to Anamul? He's pretty good in limited overs.

  • hussyy on January 17, 2016, 23:57 GMT

    The hom guy must be related to someone in bcb, this guy is a waste of space in the team. Poor bd

  • Ashik on January 17, 2016, 22:29 GMT

    Replacements suggested: Mashrafe---Taskin, Al-Amin---Shahid, Mustafizur---Abu Haider; Tamim--Imrul Kayes, Shuvagata Hom--Nasir, Mushfiq---Alok Kapali. (Mahmudullah will be the captain while Imrul/Nurul could do the wicket keeping) Arafat Sunny could replace some one else, but Arafat's batting is a concern..... And the target should be crossing 210 in 20 overs, otherwise it will very difficult when u play against the big guns.........

  • john on January 17, 2016, 18:33 GMT

    Bangladesh playing low standard cricket even against Zimbabwe

  • first name on January 17, 2016, 16:55 GMT

    @MANIK_MIA nothing can be better by replacing Mustafizur. He is a master piece

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