Mominul perfect replacement for Shakib?
Shakib is expected to undergo a finger surgery after the pilgrimage (Hajj). This means he could miss whole of Asia Cup that will be running from September 15 to 28 in United Arab Emirates. The BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) has already given him freedom to take decision.
On the other hand, Mominul may get a rare opportunity in the ODI line-up. He has shown good from for Bangladesh A in Ireland, scoring 297 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 100.67. In the fourth unofficial ODI, he smashed 182 off 133, the second-highest individual score by a Bangladeshi in List A.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu is not ruling out the possibility of Mominul’s inclusion. The left-hander is named in the 31-man preliminary squad.
“If Shakib decides to skip the Asia Cup, yes, definitely Mominul has a chance. He is already in our plan for the next World Cup. So we may bring him to the squad any time during the upcoming series, if not in the Asia Cup,” said Nannu.
Minhajul is looking upon selector Habibul Bashar’s feedback once he comes back to Bangladesh. Bashar is currently in Ireland to follow the team.
“We have to see how Sumon [Bashar] feels about him. After that, we will decide about him [Mominul],” he added.
Mominul has scored 543 runs in 26 ODIs (24 innings) at 23.60. He last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2015 World Cup in Melbourne.