Mahmudullah Riyad had published a tale on each of his social media accounts a few hours prior to his arrival to the BCB Academy Ground in Mirpur, where he was scheduled to take part in yesterday’s solo practice session. It was his first session after returning from Hajj, and it was also a session that attracted the attention of the media.
The batter had been strangely left out of the squad drawn before the Afghanistan series, and it was later discovered that he had asked for vacation and would join the camp after the Hajj.
The series was played in Afghanistan. Prior to that, the team management decided to look at some of the younger stars instead of including him in the lineup for the series against Ireland that was held in Chelmsford.
In a post on social media, Mahmudullah said, “Challenge your story,” which may have been a hint that he was going for a fightback of some kind. Fans and members of the media alike were interested in finding out Mahmudullah’s intentions regarding his participation in the next World Cup and Asia Cup tournaments.
Despite the fact that the veteran has given up playing in Tests and that he was removed from the Twenty20 International lineup because the management wanted to build the T20I unit with younger players in preparation for the future, ODIs continue to be the most promising opportunity for him.
During the workout, Mahmudullah worked up a good sweat by doing a jogging drill that lasted for 25 minutes, followed by a gym workout that lasted for 15 minutes. After that, he worked his way through the routine at the indoor nets for approximately a half an hour before moving on to the outdoor nets. He batted at the academy nets for at least 20 minutes.
He, however, did not bowl. The fact that the team management is seeking for a bowling all-rounder to bat number seven in the order is an essential component of the current selection scenario.
The question of whether or not Mahmudullah would be able to overcome the issue with his shoulder and continue to contribute as a bowler is precisely the kind of obstacle that he would need to face in his journey.
An official from the BCB, who spoke to The Daily Star on the condition of anonymity, stated the all-rounder has not been given up on.
“Of course, Mahmudullah is eligible to play again, but his inclusion will be determined by the management and the selectors’ game plan. The official stated that it is impossible for anyone to argue that he is no longer in the running.
“He is also a contracted player, and one would have to understand the scenario before reaching a conclusion,” the official stated after adding that information.
If Soumya Sarkar can pull off the performances that have been expected of him, there are rumors that he will be selected for both the Asia Cup and the World Cup squad.
After enduring a great deal of difficulty in maintaining a consistent level of performance, the left-handed batter scored a century during the Dhaka Premier League in May of this year. After that, he was selected to play for Bangladesh A in the Emerging Asia Cup, which took place in Sri Lanka. During that tournament, he took five wickets, helping Bangladesh A secure a spot in the semifinals.
Since Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha already stated at a press conference during the Afghanistan series that players that would perform in the Emerging Asia Cup “definitely” had a chance and that if someone scores runs, they are putting those names up for selection, his scores of 42 and 48 also put him in a position to challenge for a spot.
This is because Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that players that would perform in the Emerging Asia Cup “definitely” had a chance. Shaikh Mahedi, an off-spin all-rounder, has also scored a few crucial knocks down the order while also providing decent stats with the ball in Sri Lanka.
Shakib Al Hasan, a star all-rounder, and Liton Das, the vice-captain of the ODI team, have both left Bangladesh to play in the Global T20 League in Canada. Shakib’s no objection certificate is valid until July 29, while Liton’s no objection certificate is valid until August 10.
It is anticipated that Shakib will also participate in the Lankan Premier League, which will get underway on July 30. It is anticipated that Mushfiqur Rahim and Taskin Ahmed would return to Bangladesh prior to the Asia Cup camp.
As the players prepare to return to the team after fulfilling their obligations to their franchises, the eyes of the media will be on Mahmudullah and Soumya, and perhaps to some extent on Mahedi, to see if they are in a position to be considered for the Asia Cup camp.