Hridoy To Replace Injured Mushfiqur For First Sri Lanka Test

Hridoy To Replace Injured Mushfiqur For First Sri Lanka Test, Bangladesh Cricket Board has replaced injured Mushfiqur Rahim with uncapped Towhid Hridoy in the 15-member squad for the opening game of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. Mushfiqur was ruled out after injuring his right thumb during the last of the three ODIs.

Hridoy To Replace Injured Mushfiqur For First Sri Lanka Test

Towhid, who has played 30 ODIs and 14 T20Is since making his debut in March 2023, has scored 913 runs in 14 first-class games with an average of 48.05. It includes three centuries and four half-centuries with the highest of 217.

The Opening Test is Scheduled For March 23

The opening Test is scheduled for March 23 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium while the series-concluding last Test will be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from March 30.

Towhid is currently playing in the Dhaka Premier League, the country’s traditional list-A tournament for Abahani Limited, and an official of the club told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (March 20) that they are expecting Towhid back in the club after the opening Test if he doesn’t make his debut.

A fractured thumb has forced Mushfiqur Rahim to pull out of Bangladesh’s two-match Test series against Sri Lanka that gets underway on Friday in Sylhet. Bangladesh physio Bayjedul Islam Khan has confirmed that Mushfiqur will require at least three weeks to recover from the fracture.

His replacement is Towhid Hridoy, who has played 38 white-ball internationals but is yet to play Test cricket. This is Hridoy’s maiden call-up into the Test set-up and averages 48.05 in first-class cricket.

The 36-Year-Old Mushfiqur Suffered The Injury

The 36-year-old Mushfiqur suffered the injury during the second over of the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Monday. He was struck by a Taskin Ahmed delivery on his right thumb and immediately clutched his hand in pain. The team physio worked on him for a bit before Mushfiqur resumed his wicketkeeping duties and later played a match-winning unbeaten 37 in the 236-run chase for Bangladesh.

“After the match, Mushfiqur underwent an X-ray examination in Dhaka. Which revealed an avulsion fracture on the MIP joint of his right thumb. He is currently undergoing conservative management for his injury and is expected to be sidelined for around three to four weeks, consequently ruling him out of participation in the Test series against Sri Lanka,” Bayjedul said.

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 Bangladesh Selectors Are Yet To Announce Mushfiqur’s

Mushfiqur’s exit is a severe blow to the Bangladesh batting line-up. He has played 88 Tests – the most for any Bangladesh player – and has scored 5676 runs at an average of 38.09. Mushfiqur was also in excellent form in the ODI series finishing. As Bangladesh’s second-highest run-scorer behind Najmul Hossain Shanto.

The Bangladesh selectors are yet to announce Mushfiqur’s replacement. But they don’t exactly have a lot of choices with proper red-ball experience. The one who could be considered is Soumya Sarkar. Towhid Hridoy, or Tanzid Hasan, while Jaker Ali and Anamul Haque are also fresh from the ODI side.

Another choice could be 37-year-old Naeem Islam, who played the last of his eight Tests in 2012. Naeem has been in good red-ball form recently finishing. The BCL 2023-24 was the leading run-scorer and the NCL 2023-24 as the joint second-highest run-getter.

Bangladesh will play the first of the two Tests against Sri Lanka in Sylhet. Before traveling to Chattogram for the second Test that gets underway on March 30. Sri Lanka won the T20I series 2-1 before Bangladesh bounced back to take the ODI leg by the same margin.

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