Rubel's injury comes as a blessing in disguise for Rony
Jannatul Naym Pieal
Abu Haider Rony was the greatest finding among the local cricketers in the recently concluded third season of the BRB Cables Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). As a result, that Rony would be included in Tigers preliminary squad ahead of their forthcoming non-stop international T20 commitments was no less than predictable. And as per the expectation, Rony really is one of the new faces to get a call in the 27-member Bangladesh preliminary squad that was announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) earlier Wednesday evening.
In the meantime, the biggest surprise in the squad came in the form of Rubel’s omission from the squad. Rubel is one of the premier pacemen of the county and in case of Mashrafe’s absence, he is supposed to be the one to lead Bangladesh’s pace bowling troops. That’s why his exclusion from the squad came as a great surprise to many. But actually it was something that some others saw coming.
The very reason of injury for why Rubel had to miss the November Zimbabwe series struck once again and hence, Rubel has to sit on the bench for at least one month before he can start running again. So the selectors thought it would be better to keep him out of the conditioning camp which is scheduled to begin from January 3. And it seems like Rubel’s injury has somewhat came as a blessing for the young pace gun Abu Haider Rony.
Apart from Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman, the other experienced pacers in the squad are Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain and Abul Hasan Raju. But while Shafiul, Al-Amin and Raju haven’t played enough matches in 2015, Taskin too has his own issues of injury problems. And so, even if Taskin and may be Al-Amin Hossain get a call in the final squad of January Zimbabwe series other than Mashrafe and Mustafizur, the national selectors might think of bringing in another back-up pacer in the squad.
And here comes the name of Abu Haider Rony. Among the inexperienced trio of T20 bowling in the preliminary squad – including the likes of Mohammad Shahid and Kamrul Islam Rabbi – Rony is perhaps the best-suited man to be included in Tigers T20 squad against Zimbabwe.
Not only that Rony was the highest wicket-taker among Bangladeshis in the BPL-3, he also has got the better match-fitness than the aforementioned others to play in 20-overs matches at the moment. So if the 19-year-old pacer eventually gets a go to sport in the forthcoming T20 tournaments for the Tigers, don’t be much surprised!