Shanto's place in scrutiny before must-win game against Pakistan


26 September, 2018 14:32 PM

Shanto's place in scrutiny before must-win game against Pakistan

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Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes has said that opener Nazmul Hossain Shanto's place in the side "will be looked at in selection" before the crucial match against Pakistan in the ongoing 2018 Asia Cup.

Despite their thrilling three-run win over Afghanistan, Bangladesh's top-order doesn't seem to have recovered from the unexpected departure of opener Tamim Iqbal from the tournament after sustaining a fracture to his left hand in the opening game against Sri Lanka.

Nazmul Hossain replaced Tamim at the top but failed to deliver like he does in the domestic circuit. Since making his debut in the group game against Afghanistan last Thursday, Hossain has scored just 20 runs in three games, highest score being seven.

"We picked Shanto [Nazmul] to take his place and give him an opportunity as a young man who has got a lot of talent, as a lot of Bangladeshi young batsmen have," Rhodes said after the practice session on Tuesday (September 25).

"Of course we'd love to get off to good starts. Every coach would want that. It doesn't always happen. Sadly, Tamim breaking his finger in that first game was a big blow to us.

"And he's [Nazmul Hossain] not quite done it yet. So his place will be looked at in selection. We'll go through the side this afternoon - Mash [Mashrafe Mortaza], myself and the selectors - and we will be looking at all the team. I won't be revealing any plans on the side. But of course we'll be looking at if it is a little bit of a concern,'' he added.

Bangladesh have sought the services of southpaw batsmen, Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes, to join the squad for the remainder of the Asia Cup after the openers' prolonged failure. With opener Liton Kumar Das getting some runs under his belly and Imrul Kayes putting up a match-defining half century batting at number six in the last game against Afghanistan, there is a possibility that Soumya Sarkar might sneak through against Pakistan in the crucial Asia Cup fixture.