A hamstring injury will keep Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim out of the remaining two one-day internationals, three Twenty20 Internationals and possibly the first Test against New Zealand, coach Chandika Hathurusingha said.
“We are looking at two weeks, anything before is a bonus,” he said on the eve of the second ODI in Nelson.
The 29-year-old Mushfiqur was batting well in the first ODI in Christchurch until he suffered the injury when on 42 and was forced to retire hurt. New Zealand won the match by 77 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
- Nurul Hasan will make his ODI debut in Nelson and will don the gloves in place of Mushfiqur Rahim
- Bangladesh posted 322/4 in their previous match in Nelson, which was against Scotland in 2015 World Cup
- Bangladesh have not registered a win over New Zealand in New Zealand
“He’s been one of the form batters as well as the wicketkeeper for a long time, across all three formats, so it’s a blow but that’s part and parcel of the game,” Hathurusingha said.
There are two ODIs and three Twenty20 matches to be played before the first Test starts in Wellington on January 12.
Nurul Hasan will take the gloves for his ODI debut on Thursday at Saxton Field in Nelson where Bangladesh hold the record for the highest score at the ground with 322/4 against Scotland during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Hathurusingha said it is a statistic that gives his side hope.
“History says we have played well here. It’s a good thing and it’s not a long way back, with most of the players involved in that game, so it’s a good memory for them,” he said.
“That kind of thing helps. Even in the last game, getting 270, although we lost a couple of early wickets, has given us confidence going in to the next game.”