Bangladesh may rest Mushfiq vs Afghanistan

Bangladesh may rest Mushfiq vs Afghanistan

Dhaka, Sep 19 (Just News): Bangladesh are likely to give batsman Mushfiqur Rahim a break during their Asia Cup match against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, said manager Khaled Mahmud.

The Tigers contemplated the idea following a dramatic change in fixture of the tournament, which turned the game into a dead rubber.

According to previous schedule, the winners between Bangladesh and Afghanistan had the extra incentive of avoiding back-to-back matches in two different cities.

But the Asian Cricket Council on Wednesday informed Bangladesh irrespective of the outcome of the game they would be treated as B-2.

It means Bangladesh will have to travel to 140km to play their next game in Dubai in less than 24 hours after facing Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

‘Since this game [against Afghanistan] has no significance, yes, we are considering some changes. Mushfiq might be given rest though the decision would be finalised in team meeting in the evening,’ Mahmud told New Age.

Mushfiq defied a rib injury to score 144 runs in Bangladesh’s 137-run win against Sri Lanka in the opening match.

Mahmud hinted that Mominul Haque might come in if they finally rested Mushfiq.
Mominul played last of his 26 one-day internationals against Sri Lanka in World Cup 2015.