Ace Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman was not named in Bangladesh’s 15-man squad for the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch starting on Friday.
Mustafizur marked his return to international cricket with this tour, after missing almost six months of international cricket due to a shoulder injury. Rahman was economical in the ODIs and T20Is, but was rested for the first Test as well. This was seen as a move to ensure that he remains fresh for the upcoming tours of India and Sri Lanka.
The first Test currently, is evenly poised with seven Bangladeshi wickets still intact and the lead at 122. After gaining a slender lead in the first innings, the visitors lost a few late wickets on Day 4 to ensure that New Zealand remained in the hunt. New Zealand opener Tom Latham admitted that the Kiwis would go for the victory at all costs.
“I wouldn’t say you sense the panic[in the Bangladesh batsmen, but we’ve got three world-class seamers and a very good spinner. If we can put the ball in good areas for long enough then hopefully we can create that doubt,” Latham said. “If we can keep taking wickets in clumps and if they don’t build any partnerships, that’s the key for us.
“Possibly it might start going up and down and might start turning a little bit more. I still think it’s a very good batting surface though, and if we are chasing a score partnerships will be a key to winning. We like to play a winning brand of cricket and whatever the score is, hopefully it’s a reasonable chase and we’ll certainly be having a go at it. It’s a massive day tomorrow and that first hour is going to set the tone.”
Bangladesh’s squad for 2nd Test:
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy.