Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman could take part in Bangladesh A side to take on Sri Lanka A later this month in order to get a place in the Bangladesh’s senior side in Windies tour.
Mustafizur came back from IPL with an injury on his left foot. He joined Bangladesh’s camp ahead of Afghanistan series but it was later confirmed that he wouldn’t be flying with the team to face the Afghans. He will require three to four weeks time ro recover.
Bangladesh physio Debashish Chowdhury has informed that they could consider him playing against Sri Lanka A to know about his fitness. Mustafizur could play the first two four-dayers in Cox’s Bazar.
“We have a plan of playing him in Bangladesh A team against Sri Lanka A. We will make him play two matches to see his fitness. He can join the team in Windies only if he plays those two matches without any problem,” Debashish said.
However, it is almost sure that he won’t be playing the first Test in Antigua. “It will be tough for him to stay in first Test’s squad. We have need him to start bowling to see if he can play in the series. We won’t allow him to go even if there’s a tiny issue,” the physio added.
The first Test between Bangladesh and Windies will be from July 4. The second Test will begin on July 12 in Jamaica. Meanwhile, the ‘A’ team series will begin on June 26. The second unofficial Test will end by 6th July.
The first two unofficial Tests will be played in Cox’s Bazar. The teams will move to Sylhet for the thrid unofficial Test and three one-dayers. A strong Sri Lanka A squad had been announced already.
BCB are yet to announce Test squad for Windies and four-day squad for Sri Lanka A.
Sri Lanka A squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain, first two four-dayers only), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjan, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Shammu Ashan, Manoj Sarathchandra, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Nishan Peiris, Shehan Madushanka, Nisala Tharaka, Dilesh Gunaratne.