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Shiran Fernando Tests Negative For Covid-19 Following The 3rd Round Of RT-PCR Test

Shiran Fernando, a Sri Lankan pace bowler has tested negative for COVID-19 in the third round of RT-PCR test he had undergone on Wednesday (May 26), according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board official.

Ahead of the first one-day international between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, three members of the Sri Lankan squad tested positive though later Chaminda Vaas and Isuru Udana were declared negative after the second round of tests, while Shiran Fernando still returned a positive result.

Shiran Fernando Didn’t Practice

Bangladesh won both the first 2 ODIs and hence, the third one slated to be held on 28th May is a dead rubber. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim was the star performer in both the ODIs, scoring 84 in the 1st and then 125 in the 2nd ODI. Bangladesh won by 33 runs in the 1st ODI and by 103 runs in the 2nd one decided by Duckworth-Lewis.

The right-arm pace bowler Shiran Fernando did not attend the practice session on Wednesday afternoon at Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Academy premises.

“Shiran Fernando tested Corona negative (in the last test),” Bangladesh’s team official Rabeed Imam confirmed to Cricbuzz on Wednesday.

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Mushfiqur Rahim

However, Shiran Fernando didn’t take part in his team’s practice session on Wednesday afternoon at the BCB academy premises as the tourists started their preparation with the focus on avoiding a Bangladesh clean sweep after conceding their maiden ODI series with back to back losses in the opening two games of the ongoing series.

Mushfiqur Rahim hit his eighth ODI century as Bangladesh secured its first ODI series victory over Sri Lanka with a 103-run win by the DLS method in the rain-interrupted second match. In an innings twice halted by rain, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 125 off 127 balls with 10 fours as Bangladesh was bowled out for 246 in 48.1 overs. It was Bangladesh’s first series victory against Sri Lanka across three formats.
Sri Lanka was 126-9 after 38 overs when rain interrupted the game for the third time. Sri Lanka was set a revised target of 245 in 40 overs, meaning it needed 119 runs from the final two overs. The visitors ended on 141-9. Bangladesh won by 33 runs on Sunday in the first of their three-match series. The final match is on Friday.

Mohammad Saifuddin Recovering First From Head Injury And Naim Sheikh Added To Bangladesh Squad For 3rd Dead Rubbber ODI

Meanwhile, BCB officials insisted that Mohammad Saifuddin is recovering fast from the head injury and they are expecting him to be available for the dead rubber Game 3. Mohammad Saifuddin is currently undergoing a 24-hour observation period after being hit on his helmet during the second ODI on Tuesday. He was replaced by pacer Taskin Ahmed after he had shown signs of concussion.

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Mohammad Saifuddin celebrates a wicket Getty Images

After the incident, he was taken to a city hospital straightway for a routine checkup but no major problem was found in his reports. Bangladesh has also added Naim Sheikh to their squad for the final ODI, to be played on Friday.

Bangladesh has attained the pole position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table with a historic win against Sri Lanka. The Tamim Iqbal-led outfit took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh now has 50 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Sri Lanka continues to be in the last position with -2 points in five outings.

Bangladesh recorded their fifth consecutive win at home in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. After blanking West Indies 3-0, Bangladesh has now won two back-to-back matches against Sri Lanka to record a maiden series win over the Islanders.

2nd ODI:- Bangladesh 246 (Rahim 125, Mahmudullah 41, Chameera 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 141-9 (Rahman 3-16, Miraz 3-28) by 103 runs(DLS)

1st ODI:- Bangladesh 257 for 6 (Mushfiqur 84, Mahmudullah 54, Tamim 52, Dhananjaya 3-45) beat Sri Lanka 224 all out (Hasaranga 74, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4-30) by 33 runs

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SRH Enquired About Me, CSK Wanted To Take Me, Says Bangladesh’s Mohammad Saifuddin

Bangladesh allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin has insisted he was very close to playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) before injury ruined his dreams. So far, only six Bangladesh players have played in the IPL with the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman being the only ones who managed to make a mark in the competition.

The other players from Bangladesh who plied their trade in the IPL were Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Abdur Razzak and Mashrafe Mortaza. Mohammad Saifuddin could have further extended the list but a back injury ruined his plans of playing in the cash-rich league. He was troubled by a recurring back injury in the second half of the last year.

The injury forced him to miss the tour of Sri Lanka as well as the tour of India. Mohammad Saifuddin first impressed in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) before he grabbed the limelight by performing well in last year’s World Cup in UK. The fast-bowling allrounder had impressed against India in the tournament, scoring an unbeaten 51 in a losing cause. He had then impressed with the ball against Pakistan, picking up three wickets.

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‘Playing in the IPL is my dream’

In a recent chat with Bangladesh news outlet BDccrictime, Mohammad Saifuddin revealed how his performances impressed former India batsman VVS Laxman who is also the mentor of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The left-handed batsman revealed Laxman enquired about him before the injury sidelined him.

“You can say playing in the IPL is my dream. When I played in the last match at the Lord’s, (against Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup), VVS Laxman came to enquire about me. Our (Bangladesh) performance analyst is India’s Srinivas Chandrasekharan and he works in the Sunrisers Hyderabad as well. He wanted to know how would I fare in the IPL. But injury destroyed everything,” he said.

He further revealed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also interested in him. He revealed that he came to know about the franchise’s interest in him through Lakshmi Narayan, who has worked both at Super Kings and at the Dhaka Platoon, as a performance analyst.

“I was close to a chance. I heard that CSK had a discussion about me. Laxmi was our (Dhaka Platoon) video analyst as well. He told me, ‘Dhoni has talked about you’. I replied, ‘You do everything, but have allergy towards Bangladesh cricketers’.

“He said, ‘See, I’m not lying’. I said, ‘We are not someone to be pushed back’. He replied ‘See, I sent this bowling video of yours to Dhoni’. In the video, I could see Dhoni telling, ‘Ok;. They wanted to take me, but I missed due to injury. Hence they didn’t show interest in me and Josh Hazlewood was picked,” Mohammad Saifuddin added.

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Mohammad Saifuddin Set To Miss India T20Is Due To Back Injury

Bangladesh’s right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Saifuddin is set to miss the upcoming T20I series against India. Saifuddin is expected to be ruled with the recurrence of the back issues.

The all-rounder has been included in Bangladesh’s 15-man squad for the three-match series. However, now Bangladesh Cricket Board is now looking for other options who can replace Saifuddin in the squad.

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Mohammad Saifuddin has been troubled with back issues.

BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin has confirmed that Saifuddin will not be able to recover in time for the three-match series. However, the final decision will be taken tomorrow after a discussion with the team physio.

”I don’t think he will be able to play [against India in the T20 series],” BCB’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Sunday (October 20). ”We will talk with Julian [physio] tomorrow to take a final decision, but what I understand is that it won’t be possible for him to take part in the T20 series,”‘ he added.

In fact, the fast bowler is having back woes for a while. He had also played with back issues in the ICC World Cup 2019. The all-rounder was also included for the ODI series against Sri Lanka but he was ruled out with the back problem at the last minute.

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Furthermore, Saifuddin had also found himself in the squad for the T20I tri-series against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. However, he was once again ruled with the back issue.

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On the other hand, Mohammad Saifuddin had impressed in the ICC World Cup 2019. He was the second-highest wicket-taker for the Tigers as he had taken 13 wickets in the seven matches he played in the ODI showpiece. Moreover, he had provided the finishing touches while batting down the order as he played with a strike rate of 120.83.

Bangladesh will play the first T20I against India on 3rd November at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.

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I Will Be The Happiest Man To Play Under MS Dhoni – Mohammad Saifuddin

Mohammad Saifuddin was one of the major positives for the Bangladesh team during the ICC World Cup 2019. The all-rounder displayed his skills by knocking the ball out of the park down the order and bowled sensational spells for his side to win those particular moments for the team. Meanwhile, he wishes to play under MS Dhoni in the upcoming Indian Premier League.

Bangladesh was 179 for six when Mohammad Saifuddin walked out to bat against India, with 136 more runs to get and his team fighting to stay alive in the World Cup. Bangladesh’s hopes had faded with the fall of Shakib Al Hasan for 66, but the team’s No. 8 batsman came out fighting and gave India, which was coasting, a proper scare.

I wish to be admired like Shakib – Mohammad Saifuddin

Meanwhile, speaking of his desire to play in Indian Premier League, Mohammad Saifuddin quoted that he would love to play under Mahendra Singh Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings. If not for CSK, he would love to be part of Kolkata Knight Riders, where Shakib Al Hasan did brilliantly during his initial days.

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“I will be the happiest playing under Dhoni. Otherwise, for my favourite city Kolkata. I wish to be loved and admired like Shakib in this part of Bengal,” Saifuddin was quoted as saying in an interview with Anandabazar Patrika – a renowned Bengali news daily in Kolkata.

I tried to decipher the reasons behind MS Dhoni’s success:

The left-handed batsman hit a total of nine fours and his ability to find gaps on the field particularly stood out over the course of his 38-ball knock. Even Jasprit Bumrah, who bowls consistently at the death, wasn’t spared. Saifuddin smashed a blockhole delivery on the stumps from Bumrah for a four down the ground, to get to his maiden ODI half-century.

“From my childhood, I tried to decipher the reasons behind Dhoni’s success in cricket. He gives some sort of a signal to the bowlers from behind the wickets with his hands and fingers. At the time of batting against India, before every delivery, I used to have a glance at Dhoni, trying to figure out his signals.

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”He was putting his hands on his chest when Hardik (Pandya) was bowling. The next ball was a bouncer and then I figured out that it was for a short ball. Sometimes, I noticed that he pointed towards the toes and the next ball was a yorker. By doing so, he tries to distract the batters,” he added.

However, it was an innings that couldn’t take Bangladesh over the line, predominantly because Saifuddin ran out of partners, but his innings had both India worried and took Bangladesh much closer to the target, going down by just 28 runs in the end. Perhaps, a contract is on its way for Mohammad Saifuddin, who got all-around skills.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Mohammad Saifuddin In Doubt For Australia’s Clash

The clash between Bangladesh and Australia is one of the highly anticipated matches for obvious reasons. The rise of Bangladesh cricket has been tremendous in the recent past and they are heading into the game with a massive victory on their back. Meanwhile, they are dented with the injury news to Mohammad Saifuddin.

The fast bowler of the team Mohammad Saifuddin has been their best fast bowler of the team so far. He has been the 4th leading wicket-taker of the tournament and delivering those much-needed goods for his skipper. Unfortunately, he is racing against the time for Australia’s clash.

The flamboyant cricketer has a lingering back injury.  The new ball bowler of the team has had a back issue since the World Cup warm-up game against India on May 28. Yet he decided to play with the troubled back.

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The team management did not confirm whether he has been ruled out, but it was learnt that the injury has flared up. Most probably, it would Rubel Hossain, who would take the slot if Saifuddin fails to be match-fit.

Mosaddek Hossain is in doubt as well:

Not only Mohammad Saifuddin but also the all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain isn’t fit for the game. The flamboyant batsman is experiencing pain in his right shoulder, which kept his participation for Australia’s game in a Jeopardy.

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The potent player to replace him in the side is Sabbir Rahman. In case of that, the part-time bowling option for Mashrafe Mortaza will be Mahamudullah Riyad and Soumya Sarkar.

During the practice session ahead of the match, both the cricketers Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin didn’t take the field alongside Tamim Iqbal. Currently, they are placed fifth in the points table with 5 points in their kitty.

If they can pull a victory against Australia, things would be very interesting for the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side. They have always been brilliant in ICC events and once again, they would love to repeat the magic.

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Mohammad Saifuddin’s Injury Scare – a Test for Bangladesh Think Tank

Bangladesh management has been facing heat owing to the injuries. The latest to join the injury list is bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin.

The World Cup-bound 22-year-old Saifuddin has picked a back injury. Consequently, it has somewhat sent a warning to the Bangladesh team management.

Meanwhile, the 2019 World Cup will commence from May 30 in London when hosts England will take on South Africa.

Thus, the forced change saw Saifuddin making way for Abu Jayed, who is set to make his international debut on May 13.

The management has decided to rest Saifuddin in the ongoing tri-nation series.

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Mortaza serves as a senior-most player. Photo Credit: Getty Images

According to the chief selector for Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Minhajul Abedin, Saifuddin is suffering from pain. He added they don’t want to take any chance as the World Cup is around the corner.

“Saifuddin is having some kind of a pain in the back. So, we don’t want to take any risk with him and so we are considering him to make his debut against West Indies,” Abedin told Cricbuzz.

Meanwhile, as the World Cup is approaching, Saifuddin has spent time with team physio ahead of their game against the Caribbean team.

On the other side, another medium pacer Abu Jayed has trained in nets. Then, he spent quality time with the Tigers’ bowling coach Courtney Walsh.

On the other side, BCB is mulling to introduce fast bowler Taskin Ahmed into the 15-man squad as he missed out in the provisional squad early on due to an injury.

Bangladesh cricket chief Hasan throws support behind Jayed:

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Hasan backs Jayed for opportunities. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, BCCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon reiterated that it would be an injustice if Jayed won’t get enough opportunities to prove his credentials.

“It would be unfair to change Jayed without giving enough opportunities,” he said a couple of days ago, Papon.

Anyway, with little over 10 days available on finalising their squad, BCB would be seeking answers at the earliest.

Earlier, ICC has set the deadline of May 23 for the changes in the squad.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will kick-off their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2. Before that, the Tigers led by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will feature in the warm-up game against Pakistan and India on May 26 and 28 respectively.