Rubel Hossain’s tour of West Indies is likely to be cut short after his below-par performance in the first Test in Antigua. He failed to pick up a wicket as Bangladesh slipped to a loss by an innings and 219 runs in three days. The pacer was named in the Test squad as well as the One-Day International squad but is set to fly back after the Test series.
“We had included him [Rubel] in the 16-member ODI squad but as Mustafizur is getting fit we are thinking of calling him back as the squad will be trimmed to 15-member,” Chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (July 10). “He also did not bowl well in the opening Test despite on a bowler-friendly track.”
BCB sources have also confirmed that skipper Shakib Al Hasan, as well as the team management, are extremely unhappy with the way Hossain has performed. His Test numbers have been underwhelming after 26 Tests. He has picked up 33 wickets at an average of 80.33 and a strike rate of over 120 deliveries. He has just one wicket in his last four Tests and has been in and out of the side.
Mustafizur has been struggling with a foot injury and was forced to miss the T20I series against Afghanistan in India. He returned to competitive cricket in the ongoing third unofficial Test against Sri Lanka A.
After the massive loss, Bangladesh will look to regroup in the second Test in Jamaica from July 12. They then play a warm-up game against UWI Vice Chancellors XI before the three-match ODI series. They will end the tour with a three-match T20I series.
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