Sunday, 25 September, 2022

Mushfiq prepares for new batting role

Will do keeping in T20 Asia Cup

Mushfiq prepares for new batting role
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (right) plays a shot as Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons looks on during a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday. – TANVIN TAMIM

Experienced campaigner Mushfiqur Rahim will be fulfilling the duty of keeping wickets in the upcoming T20 Asia Cup.

The Daily Sun understands that the 35-year-old is already being informed about the development that will certainly keep him in good stead considering keeping wickets always helps him to be in his comfort zone.

Mushfiqur, who is making a return to the national T20 set-up, last played a T20I against Afghanistan in March this year and during that match, he didn’t keep wickets for Bangladesh.

Injured Nurul Hasan Sohan, who is also included in the 17-member squad for Asia Cup, always has been preferred over others as the first-choice wicketkeeper in the shortest format since being included in the T20 side.

Bangladesh opted to keep wickets with Anamul Haque in the last T20I series against Zimbabwe after both Liton Das and Nurul were ruled out.

Mushfiqur was rested for the series as the team management wanted to see their bench strength.

The return of Mushfiqur in the T20Is raised questions about whether the Tigers will stick with Anamul or not in the Asia Cup as Liton is unavailable while Nurul is still doubtful for the tournament.

However, the team management opted to clear the air with none other than Mushfiqur, who seems to be more than happy to put on the wicket-keeping gloves.

However, the team management is yet to talk with him about promoting him to the top of the order and a discussion is likely to take place in this regard sooner than later.

Earlier, the BCB stated that they are likely to open with makeshift openers and there are a few names on the list that includes Mushfiqur along with Shakib al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan and Mahedi Hasan.

The team management said that they are not ready to change Afif Hossain from the number four position.

It seems Mushfiqur is well aware of such a move and the way he practised today along with Jamie Siddons at the centre-wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium clearly suggests that he is ready to fulfil the role if it is given to him.

Mushfiqur played a flurry of shots over the mid-on and mid-off region and crossed the over the boundary on quite a few occasions only implying that if he is to open the innings, it can be a very good option in the power-play.

Mushfiqur’s childhood mentor Nazmul Abedin Fahim insisted that he is not too sure whether it is the best position for him or not but added that if he can take the challenge then he has all the ingredients to shine in the opening slot.

“It will be challenging because he is not a regular opener but at the same time if he can adjust with the position, he does have shots that can help him as well as the team,” Fahim told The Daily Sun.

A member of the Bangladesh team management said that they have confidence in Mushfiqur to perform well in the opening slot.

He also hinted that giving the wicketkeeping gloves is only their first move to make sure they are giving the experienced campaigner all the assurance he needed that will help him express freely in the shortest format that includes a blazing start at the top.

Mushfiqur certainly looked extra aggressive to make sure he is getting mentally prepared to play ultra-attacking cricket, a prerequisite to shine in the shortest format.