Tamim set to make debut as Test captain
Not that Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal never captained the Bangladesh side before. He has led the Tigers several times in the past, but on all those occasions, it was just as a stand-in captain to replace Mushfiqur Rahim, who had started the match as the official captain and joined the toss. But now, with Mushfiqur all but out for the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch starting from January 20 (Friday), Tamim is all set to make his debut as Test captain. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ অধিনায়ক হিসেবে অভিষেক হতে যাচ্ছে তামিমের]
Though the team has not ruled out Mushfiqur yet, physio Dean Conway informed the reporters that he would need more time to recover from the finger injury.
“His finger injury is worse,” Conway told reporters at Christchurch.
“The hairline crack that has been found is new. He will need to give more time for this injury. Doctors in New Zealand usually advise not playing for three to four weeks. In England they advise not taking the field for two to three weeks. In that regard, Mushfiq may need three to four weeks to return,’ he said.
With the Tigers scheduled to play at least three Tests in February and March, it is quite understandable if the team is unlikely to gamble with the captain, who is also widely regarded as their technically most solid batsman. So there is a high chance that the team management won’t consider Mushfiqur for the second Test unless he is hundred percent fit. In the end, if Mushfiqur does sit out the Christchurch Test, wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan Sohan will step up and make his Test debut.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com