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Mushfiq, Nurul to perform split keeping duties

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 31 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mushfiq, Nurul to perform split keeping duties
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan (left) keeps behind the wicket as Mushfiqur Rahim looks on during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket in Dhaka on Monday. – TANVIN TAMIM

Bangladesh will introduce split-keeping in the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, confirms their head coach Russell Domingo on Monday.

“Sohan (Nurul) will keep wicket in the first two games. The plan is to split wicket-keeping duties in this particular series, make it two games each and make a decision in the fifth game. I think it is important to have those options covered,” Domingo said.

Bangladesh team management had to make a decision regarding their wicketkeeper slot after Mushfiqur Rahim returned to the squad for the home series against the Kiwis after missing the preceding T20I series against Zimbabwe and Australia respectively due to family reasons.

In both the series, Nurul showcased brilliant performance behind the wicket and his enthusiastic wicketkeeping amazed everyone which made the team’s job difficult to choose between the two.

Many cricket fraternity members believe that Mushfiqur feels insecure when he is asked not to keep wickets while there is another group that believes due to his below-par fielding ability and problem in his throwing hand it is very hard for the team management to find a place where they can hide him in the shorter format.

Mushfiqur, who earned 61 dismissals from 82 T20Is, was expected to be chosen to fill the job as wicket-keeper against New Zealand but as per the team management decision, they will give both the players chances to show their merit.