Bangladesh allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin said that he is keen to show his best effort in the forthcoming series against West Indies which is all set to begin from January 20 with the maiden ODI of the three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Saifuddin had suffered a blow ahead of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, but the allrounder said he is all set to get back to the action after working very hard to recover.
“I was very worried about my recovery ahead of this series. But I worked very hard during the last few days under the observation of Bayezid bhai (physio). He helped me a lot get fit,” Saifuddin told the media on Tuesday.
The allrounder was able to play only three matches in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup for the Minister Group Rajshahi bagging three wickets and scoring only 13 runs. But he said he is now fit enough to show his best against West Indies.
“It’s great to have a chance to get back to international cricket after a long break. I am very lucky that I can represent my country at the international level. I have been doing everything for the last three days. During the BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup, our pace-bowlers did really well so I also have a good chance to shine in this series. I’m hopeful of doing well and doing my best for the team,” Saifuddin added.
The 24-year-old allrounder played 22 ODIs and 15 T20Is till the date and scored 290 and 108 runs respectively taking 31 and 14 wickets. He hit two fifties in ODIs and bagged one four-wicket haul both in ODIs and T20Is.
All the members of the West Indies cricket team have been tested negative in their first Covid-19 test in Bangladesh.
They gave the samples on Monday.
Dario Barthley, the media manager of the West Indies, confirmed it to the media.
He said: “All the members of our team are doing good. Everyone returned negative in the first Covid-19 test in Bangladesh. We’ll undergo another test on Thursday. After that, we’ll be able to train us, though, this schedule is not final.”
The Caribbeans will play a three-match ODI and two-match Test series in this tour. The series will begin with the first ODI set to take place on January 20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium while the second match of the series will also be played at the same venue on January 22.
To play the third ODI and the first Test, both the teams will fly to Chattogram. The third ODI will be played on January 25, and the first Test will take place from February 3, and the final Test will be played in Dhaka from February 11.
West Indies Test Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican.
West Indies ODI Squad: Jason Mohammed (captain), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh jr.
Four teams--Bangladesh Ansar & VDP, Bangladesh Police, Kushtia and Chapainawabganj DSAs--reached the semifinals of the Exim Bank 30th National Men's Handball Championship eliminating their rivals on Tuesday.
In the semifinals on Wednesday, Bangladesh Police will face Kushtia DSA at 11:30 am while Ansar & VDP will play Chapainawabganj DSA at 2:30 pm at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here.
In Tuesday's matches, Chapainawabganj defeated Bandarban DSA by 34-33 goal, Kushtia outplayed Dhaka DSA by 40-20:goal, Bangladesh Police beat Panchagarh DSA by 37-21 goal, Jamalpur DSA beat Madaripur DSA by 43-32 goal, Jashore DSA beat Narail DSA by 51-22 goal while Faridpur DSA defeated Sunamganj DSA by 38-22 goal.
Bangladesh right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed, who injured his left hand during the practice session on Monday, will be able to participate in the One-Day Internationals against visiting West Indies.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told UNB that Taskin needed two stitches but the cut wasn’t deep. “But there’s no doubt that he’ll participate in ODIs against the visitors,” Chowdhury said.
The ODI series will begin on January 20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. It means Taskin has a week before the first ODI of the three-match series.
“Taskin suffered the blow on Monday to his left hand. The cut was not deep so I think he has no doubt to play in the ODI series,” Debashis told UNB on Tuesday afternoon.
Taskin is also confident to be back in action within the next week. While talking to UNB on Tuesday he said: “There are two small stitches. I think it won’t be a problem to get back to bowling in the next couple of days.”
The right-arm pacer played his last ODI in 2017 against South Africa. Since then, he had suffered several injuries which eventually delayed his return to the Bangladesh ODI squad.
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The 25-year-old pacer has played 32 ODIs till date and scalped 45 wickets with a five-wicket and two four-wicket hauls. He also represented Tigers in five Tests and 19 T20Is.
Bangladesh fielding coach Ryan Cook has insisted that the Tigers will have to work more on their catching and ground fielding ahead of the home series against the West Indies starting from January 20.
The Tigers have already started gearing up for their first international series after the Covid-19 interruption.
They played their last international game back in March 2020 against Zimbabwe at home. After that, most of the players were out of cricket until July.
At the end of the year, all the national players including the top cricketers played two domestic events – BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup.
Now, the Tigers are all set to get back to the bigger stage of the game.
“The players are full of energy and are working very hard on their fielding. Some of the guys are keen to make extra work so that they can achieve a satisfactory standard of fielding. I love this philosophy of working hard,” Ryan told the media on Monday.
“However, I think they need to work more on the technical aspects of fielding. Especially, they need to improve their catching skills and ground fielding. But they are very good at throwing which will eventually help them become a better team in the next two years.”
Ryan was in Bangladesh when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) hosted the first cricketing event – BCB President’s Cup – after a Covid-19 break.
The fielding coach thinks that the players were very good at fielding during that event.
“Fielding is considered more important in limited-overs cricket. But it does not mean that fielding is less important in Tests. Fielding is crucial to becoming successful in this format of the game. A good display of fielding can change the game at any time,” Ryan said.
He also said since the players had a long break after the last tournament, “we want to go forward step by step. We want to make sure that none gets injured during practice.”
Bangladesh’s series against the West Indies will begin with the ODI on January 20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The second ODI will also take place at the same venue on January 22 while the third ODI and the first Test of the series will be played in Chattogram on January 25 and February 3.
To play the final match of the series, both teams will come back to Dhaka where the second Test will begin on February 11.