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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