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Mosaddek likely to replace Nayeem for 2nd SL Test

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 21 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain is eyeing to make his presence felt as he is likely to replace Nayeem Hasan, who has been ruled out from the second Test against Sri Lanka due to injury.

The unexpected exit of Nayeem, who was ruled out from the Test series as well as unlikely for the forthcoming tour of West Indies, certainly opened the door for Mosaddek considering the Tigers don’t have many off-spinning all-rounder options.

Mosaddek was included in the Test series after Mehidy Hasan was ruled out from the series due to the finger injury that he sustained during the Dhaka Premier League. Mehidy was fulfilling the duty of off-spinner all-rounder in Test matches in the recent past.

“I think Mosaddek has a good chance to play the second Test. We don’t have very many off-spinning options available while we have to make sure that we have some depth in our batting taking the SBNS wickets into consideration as it won’t be a batting paradise like ZACS,” a top BCB official told The Daily Sun on Friday.

Mosaddek, who was rewarded for his brilliant all-round performance for Abahani Limited in the last edition of Dhaka Premier League, told the reporters during the two-day practice game against Sri Lanka that he is eyeing to make a comeback if there is a chance for him in the playing XI.

“When I was selected in the squad I am hearing that I have some chances of playing in the XI and since that time I am making plans about how to go after it (Test matches),” Mosaddek told the reporters at the BKSP ground citing frustration that he missed the chance of playing some red-ball cricket as the two-day game was washed away due to rain.

“I am well aware of my roles and have certain plans to contribute to the team,” he said, adding that he is not losing his sleep and that he is making a comeback in Test cricket despite a three-year gap.

“I played well when I started my career in Test but due to different reasons like team combination and other things I could not have a place in the Test team. There is a new opportunity for me and I would try so that I can grab it,” he said. 

Mosaddek added that he will aware that he will have to do a lot of bowling though he is known to be a batsman who does off-spin bowling.

“Naturally, I know that I have to bowl (a lot) and I am prepared for that,” he said.

The 26-year-old Mosaddek, who played only three Tests in his career, last played a Test against Afghanistan in September 2019 in Chattogram. He had performed well in the recently-concluded Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, the List A tournament, where he scored 658 runs as well as picked up 16 wickets in 15 matches for Abahani Limited.

Mosaddek was injured after playing two first-class games this season and so he could not play either in the National Cricket League or the Bangladesh Cricket League (the first-class competitions).