‘Mahmudullah is a great personality, captain and cricketer’
Mahmudullah Riyad’s old hamstring injury is back, which has ruled him out of the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League. Chattogram Challengers Paul Nixon has admitted of missing the all-rounder, while he also heaped praise on Imrul Kayes.
Mahmudullah could not play from the start of the tournament because of the injury he had sustained from Bangladesh’s tour of India. But then he made a glorious return to the field, shining with both bat and ball. Despite having injury scare, he played a match-winning 28-ball 59-run knock. But that was all. He had to give in to the injury thereafter, and will not be able to play the next match as well.
Asked if he was already missing Mahmudullah, Nixon said: “Yes, I am missing our captain. Mahmudullah is a high class personality, captain and cricketer. To be unable to get his is a great loss for us. But Imrul is playing really well, be it as a captain or as a batsman.”
Mahmudullah’s lack of possibility to return next match was also addressed by the coach, “I don’t think he will be in a shape to play the next match. His hamstring is not in a good condition. Maybe he had played in the past even without being hundred percent fit. But as a cricketer you have to be faced with such circumstances.”
According to Nixon, a jampacked fixture has also been a cause of trouble for the Challengers cricketers. “We had to play four matches in five days. It was a very tough call for us. But again, I respect the decision made by the board. As professionals, we can not help accepting this and go forward.”