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Tamim, Mushfiq back in business in contrasting manner

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Tamim, Mushfiq back in business in contrasting manner
1. Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal plays a shot during an individual practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital on Sunday. 2. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim drinks water during his training session on the same day. – TANVIN TAMIM

Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal, who pulled out of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, started his preparation to take part in Nepal’s Everest Premier League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim also began his individual training session on the same day ahead of the T20 World Cup after enjoying a break following the recently concluded home series against New Zealand.

Tamim appeared in the nets for the first time since completing his rehabilitation program for the knee injury that lasted for two months and forced him to skip Bangladesh’s last three T20 International series against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand respectively.

A Bangladesh Cricket Board official confirmed to The Daily Sun that Tamim has already obtained the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to take part in the EPL, slated to be held in Nepal from September 25 to October 9.

On Sunday, the dashing left-hander was in a killing mood in the nets during his entire stay and he tried to play all kinds of shots all across the wicket during his 50-minute practice session at the centre wicket of the SBNS.

He was extremely harsh on leg-spinner Jubair Hossain while he also played some lofted drive over the cover that is known to be his trademark shot.

Tamim, who will be representing Bhairahawa Gladiators in the competition, is expected to leave on September 24 to take part in the tournament that has already attracted some big names like Chris Gayle, Sandeep Lamichhane and Mohammad Shahzad.

While Tamim was not ready to waste time in the nets before launching him, it was a completely different scenario for Mushfiqur during his net session.

Although most of Mushfiqur’s T20 World Cup teammates are currently enjoying a break after playing non-stop cricket for the last three months, Mushfiqur seemed not ready to waste any more leisure time.

Mushfiqur had already informed the board that he wants to play two one-day matches for Bangladesh A team against BCB High Performance Unit in Chattogram to get some match practice ahead of the upcoming white-ball assignments.

 The BCB also rescheduled the fixture to accommodate him as well as some of his other teammates.

The right-handed batsman had a 20-minute running session before coming to bat in the net that lasted for one and a half hours.

Mushfiqur, who was not among runs in the just-concluded home series against New Zealand, looked extremely cautious during the opening half an hour as he was just inclined to middle the ball rather than using his power.

He looked extremely happy when he managed to put the ball in the gaps by placing them through gliding the bat at the last moment.

Mushfiqur also played his trademark sweep and paddle sweep against the spinners as well as taking them through aerial routes but along the way, he played some superb drives straight over the bowlers’ head coming dancing down the wicket.

Mushfiqur and teammates will be heading for Oman on October 3 to take part in the upcoming edition of the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to start on October 17.