Mosaddek Hossain returns to Bangladesh to attend to his mother’s illness
It is still unknown if Mosaddek will join the team for the second Test in Kolkata.
Updated - Nov 12, 2019 10:47 am
The Twenty20 International series between India and Bangladesh is done and dusted and it is now time for the two-match Test series to take centre stage, with the first of the two five-day games to be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on November 14. And, as if the absence of star opener Tamim Iqbal and superstar all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan wasn’t enough, the visitors have been dealt with another body blow.
The all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain has returned home following the ailment of his mother. According to a press release by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Mosaddek’s mother is very ill and in requirement of surgery, as advised by the doctors. The all-rounder wants to be with his mother at this point of time and hence returned home.
This comes as another blow for the Asian Tigers who are still grappling with the absence of star all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan.
Bangladesh essentially have a 14-member Test squad to choose
Shakib, arguably the greatest ever cricketers to have come out from Bangladesh, was handed a backdated two-year suspension for his failure to report on the spot-fixing advances on three separate occasions. In Shakib’s absence, Mahmudullah was made the captain of the white-ball team while Mominul Haque was appointed Test captain for the longest format of the game.
As for Mosaddek, the all-rounder came in for a stick at the hands of a rampaging Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, during his 43-ball 85 where he was smoked for three successive sixes in one over. The all-rounder conceded 21 runs off the solitary over he bowled as Team India coasted to an eight-wicket win.
Mosaddek couldn’t feature in the series decider due to a groin injury at the Vidarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur with Mohammad Mithun replacing him. However, even that move did not turn out to be fruitful as Bangladesh botched a great chance of scripting history and registering their maiden Twenty20 International series win over the Men in Blue.
Chasing 175, Bangladesh were primed to overhaul the target when Mohammad Naim and Mithun were going great guns before Deepak Chahar’s record-breaking performance (6-7) and Shivam Dube’s 3-30 paved way for a thirty-run win for the hosts.