Bangladesh Cricket team manager, Khaled Mahmud has ruled out any injury concerns for his side in the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 starting from September 15 at the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, and Nazmul Hossain Shanto are keen to be a part of the playing XI right from the start of the tournament. Bangladesh plays their first game in the curtain-raiser against Sri Lanka on September 15.
The star all-rounder, Shakib, has been nursing an injury to his left little finger since January. Opener Tamim Iqbal has a swollen right ring finger while youngster Nazmul Hossain Shanto has a dislocated right index finger. The duo picked their injuries during the preparatory camp leading up to the Asia Cup.
Despite injury concerns, Khaled Mahmud admitted that it wouldn’t be a big problem for the Bangladesh side.
“I think they are keen to play – they want to do well. I don’t think injuries will have a big effect on us,” Mahmud said.
He also mentioned that Shakib posses experience and with his knowledge of handling of the long-standing finger injury, he’d remain a major thorn in the flesh for the opponents.
“I talked to Shakib in the morning. He said there is some pain, it’s swollen and a little bent. He also said that medication reduces the pain. I think the caliber of player Shakib is and the experience he has had, he has perhaps played many matches with such small injuries because they play for the team and the country.
“It’s not as bad though and the recovery has been good. I hope that they will play with full commitment,” Khaled Mahmud continues.
There have been no fitness Test yet: Khaled Mahmud
While Shakib, Tamim, and Nazmul spent some time at the ground, Mahmud denied it being a fitness test for the trio. He added that the trio wanted to have some net sessions while others rested.
“Not really [it was nothing like a fitness test]. They could not practice much because Tamim came late, Shanto [Nazmul] was not able to bat properly because of finger pain.
“It was the same with Shakib. However, while the rest of the team were resting, they went there with some coaches to get a good net session,” Khaled Mahmud concluded.