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Minor injury worries for Bangladesh

Sidharth Monga in Dhaka

February 23, 2011

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Imrul Kayes was hit on his right arm during a practice session, Shere Bangla Stadium, Mirpur, February 23, 2011
Imrul Kayes was hit on his right forearm while batting © Associated Press
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Teams: Bangladesh

Two days before their crucial game against Ireland, Bangladesh had injury scares to two key players while training. Shafiul Islam fell badly on his shoulder when going for a catch, and Imrul Kayes was hit on his right forearm when batting. They both looked bad blows when they happened - any fast bowler taking a bad fall is dangerous, and Imrul came out with a swollen arm - but the team is confident both of them will recover in time to play on Friday.

For a while, it seemed Bangladesh might even take the drastic step of bringing back Mashrafe Mortaza, who was not picked for the World Cup but who has been training with the side just in case. The injuries would also have brightened Mohammad Ashraful's comeback chances, although he is still a contender even if Kayes makes it back in time.

All those contingencies were all but laid to rest by the team physiotherapist, Mike Henry. "Shafiul is all right," Henry said. "He had an awkward fall on his right shoulder. We have given him the ice treatment, and we are not really concerned. We ran a few tests on him too. It was as we suspected, a fall. He is not ruled out for the Friday game."

Henry was hopeful about Kayes too. "He didn't wear his armguard, which he should have," Henry said. "It was a bruise, and of course it is not going to stop him from playing. It is a bit sore, and he had anyway finished his batting session."

It is just as well that the injury scares were not serious, because Bangladesh are up against an inspired Ireland side who have beaten them in both their clashes in world events. Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's wicketkeeper-batsman, even called this a bid for revenge. "It is like the match against India when we looked back to take inspiration," Mushfiqur said. "It is the same thing in our mind about the Ireland game. We drew 1-1 in Ireland last year, and we lost to them in the 2007 and 2009 World Cups. So yes, we want to beat them and take revenge."

That doesn't mean that there was any disrespect for the opposition. "Ireland will be geared up to perform here because they have crossed a lot of hurdles to play the World Cup," Mushfiqur said. "But no matter how much they practise here, they will find it hard to cope with our spinners."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Cricinfouser on (February 24, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

@ BohemianBlues get ready to eat your shoes. Ireland gonna swamp you remember ......

Posted by ShuvRo on (February 24, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

If Kayes is nt fit thn i will suggest Shahriar Nafees more than Ash...as his [ Nafees] recent performance graph is much better thn ash....and mashrafee is fit bt he is nt at his best as he used to be...bringing him back would b a good idea or nt the officials can say thyt... as it is a key game fr BANGLADESH TO reach to quarters, and our spinners are the ke bowlers so if shafiul is nt fit thn first they should think abt nazmul... ash can b a gamble in the place of mahmudllah/naeem...bt nt a replacement of kayes & @BudhaWillSmile bro... its nt a equal team match...bangladesh is nw ranked 8 team...tameem is wisden cricketer of the year and sakib is no. 1 odi all rounder who can take 5 wicket as a regular bowler and knock a centu in the same game...we r evn one step ahead in rakings frm WI.... So ireland's win will have to b call a upset,....nt a natural win....remembr...its in bangladesh,and bowling lineup consists of 4 spinners.bd will open with a spinner...

Posted by T on (February 24, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

@BudhaWillSmile...nope. not equals at all. even if budha thinks so :) @ravishankar..Rahim meant 2009 T20 WC.

Posted by Cricinfouser on (February 24, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

Finaly a match of equals...

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

It really doesnt matter who comes back in the team or who goes out. One player do not decide the fate. No 12, 13s are same as number 1 to 11. It is unrealistic to expect a benched guy to come back and win the game for you. Whether Mash or Ash, other 9 players need to do their parts as well. Ire/Netherlands should be normal win games. Think about beating WI. Not impossible. BD batting also needs to be a multi-tasker. Not just saving butts (not getting out) .... at the same time they also need to have a heart to chase a target like 370. ... :( ... can we play India again? lol

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 24, 2011, 7:12 GMT)

Nazmul & Ashraful will be more effective........& hope Imrul will be okay.....

Posted by Ravi Shankar on (February 24, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

Mr. Rahim.. When did WC happen in 2009? I guess the last world cup was played in Windies in the year 2007 and about the comment - "But no matter how much they practise here, they will find it hard to cope with our spinners." - I agree because it is your homeground and you have the biggest advantage to skittle through the Ireland side with such an ordinary spin attack. I beleive Razzaq and Shakib can do a better job with the ball this time atleast.

Posted by T on (February 24, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

shafiul has been bowling consistently well since his debut. one bad match doesnt make anyone a bad bowler. big occasion (1st WC match) and a rampaging sehwag got the better of him. he will definitely come back.

Posted by T on (February 24, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

if ireland beat BD in their home condition, i will eat my shoe!! irish are a bit overrated, they can win odd matches in swinging pitches. but not here. and Rahim shouldnt have said something like 'revenge'? as if they are arch rival of BD!!

Posted by MD GOLAM on (February 24, 2011, 3:20 GMT)

I have heard Ashraful gonna play the next match against Ireland. If it is the case then don't worry guys Bangladesh will loose the match anyway.

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