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Tigers to wait till the last minute for Saifuddin

Sports Correspondent

23 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Tigers to wait till the last minute for Saifuddin

A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official said on Saturday that they are going to wait till the last minute for injured Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin for their upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 encounter against Afghanistan.

Bangladesh team management is still keeping their faith on Saifuddin despite the recent injury fiasco that spurred which was reported in several media outlets as well as in different social media platforms alleging that he had been acting of being inured and make sure that it results being dropped against Australia.

“I just saw him lying in front of the physio’s table and he is working with him. We are waiting for the physio’s report,” BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told daily sun on Saturday.

“His injury is not that serious but he’s got stiffness on his back muscle. It can happen as they are not used to playing for such a long period at a stretch,” he said.

“If he is not available than we have to choose between Taskin (Ahmed) and Farhad Reza, he said.

According to sources, Bangladesh team management sat on a meeting immediately after reaching the team hotel which included BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and head coach Steve Rhodes among others to take a decision regarding injured pace man.

Whether Saifuddin is carrying real injury or it is a so-called injury like the way it is being projected in media is yet to be established as that is dependent on the report of the physion Thian Chandramohan but one thing is for sure there are wide spread rumours about the mentality of the pace bowler, who apparently skipped the match against Australia due to side strain.

However, other sources confirmed that skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is still keeping his faith on the all-rounder.

A reliable source who was attending the meeting said on request of anonymity that according to Mashrafe he is the best bowler in the death and he insisted that if he is fit than Tigers should stick with him considering the experience he gathered playing so far in the tournament

“He is bringing vital breakthroughs and so far played well in the tournament, isn’t it?” questioned the source adding that Mashrafe has highlighted that specific area when he was asked whether they need a replacement right away.

All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin’s injury became the talking point as doubts were raised within the team about his back pain ahead of their game against Australia at Trent Bridge on Monday.

Doubts were raised after out of nowhere Saifuddin claimed that he is having pain on his back that he sustained during the game against West Indies.

Questions were raised about why he did not ask for treatment immediately during the match against West Indies and instead informed just about when the team management was looking to select the playing eleven. During the last edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Saifuddin was cautioned by Comilla Victorians management not to stage any drama regarding sustaining injuries and this act itself speaks volumes about the insight of the people around him both at the club level and in the national dressing room.

Saifuddin’s decision to play in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) also remained a field that needed to be monitored by BCB as he was supposed to take injection at that time for his tennis elbow injury instead of playing the tournament.

Due to the tennis elbow issue in his right hand, he fielded inside the 30-yard circle but did not express the wish to skip matches as he was facing no problem in batting or bowling and only struggled to throw from the deep.

To recover from the injury, special injection was a must but after injection he required a three-week rest and because DPL commitments he opted to skip the injection.

Though the injury didn’t trouble him in World Cup, there is always a chance that it was not fully cured. Thus, there is a element of risk attached with his tennis elbow.