Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 July 2019

Injury-hit Bangladesh recall Mominul Haque for Asia Cup in UAE

Top-order batsman picked as cover for players sch as Tamim Iqbal and uncapped Nazmul Hossain
Bangladesh's Mominul Haque, left, is considered a very capable top-order batsman. AP Photo

Bangladesh have added batsman Mominul Haque to their squad for the Asia Cup as backup to several players carrying injuries, selectors said on Friday.

"He is a top-order batsman, who can play as an opener or in [the] one-down position. So we thought his inclusion might be useful in the tournament," Habibul Bashar said.

Opener Tamim Iqbal has an issue with his finger while uncapped left-hander Nazmul Hossain hurt his left thumb during a recent training session.

"We are hopeful they will both play. But we thought Mominul might play just in case they feel any problem," Bashar added.

Bangladesh are Pool B alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the six-nation Asia Cup, which will run from September 15-28 in the UAE.

The Tigers also have some fitness concerns regarding all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was keen to skip the Asia Cup to have a surgery on a finger.

But the Bangladesh Cricket Board insisted on playing him in the tournament, putting his surgery on hold until October when they host Zimbabwe.

Shakib in a recent interview with the English-language Daily Star said that he is only 20-30 per cent fit, a statement that was quickly dismissed by Bangladesh manager Steve Rhodes.


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Bangladesh also have some fitness concerns regarding Shakib Al Hasan, who was keen to skip the Asia Cup to have a surgery on a finger. AFP

"I don't believe he is 20-30 per cent fit. I think he is a lot fitter than that," Rhodes said in Dhaka on Thursday. "He is not fully fit. But if he plays anything like he played in the Caribbean, then that will be a massive asset to Bangladesh cricket."

Shakib scored 190 runs in three one-day internationals in the West Indies in July, playing a key role in Bangladesh's 2-1 series win.

Mominul, who also can bowl left-arm spin, played the last of his 26 ODIs during the 2015 World Cup.

A Test regular, Mominul reminded selectors of his limited-overs prowess during Bangladesh A's recent tour of Ireland, scoring 182 of 132 balls in one innings.

Updated: September 7, 2018 03:01 PM