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Shakib confident of Rahim's availability for Dhaka Test
From the Webdesk, 30/11/2018, New Delhi

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh skipper, sounded confident about Mushfiqur Rahim's availability for the second Test against the Windies, starting on Friday (November 30).

The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman sustained an injury on his thumb during a training session. Rahim also had an X-ray on his injured thumb to gauge the extent of the damage, but the subsequent scan showed no fracture. Liton Das has been included as the back-up wicketkeeper.

Rahim also attended the training session on Thursday, but he took part in just batting drills. ''We are keeping Liton as a back-up plan because in case if his [Rahim] pain increases or it swells further we can have a back-up plan and that is why we included Liton. But what I know is he will play and do both [batting and keeping]," Shakib said to reporters.

With Liton's inclusion, there were also speculations as to whether the wicketkeeper-batsman will open the batting. However, Shakib noted that Shadman Islam, who replaced the injured Imrul Kayes, is set to open the batting with Soumya Sarkar.

The Bangladesh Test captain also observed that it is difficult to open the batting and take over wicketkeeping duties. ''We all know who will open for us If Rahim bhai is not available for 'keeping which is very unlikely. In that case, Liton will do the wicketkeeping. I think it will be very difficult to keep wickets and open the batting."

The all rounder also added that he is looking forward to seeing how Shadman responds to the challenge of playing Test cricket. The promising batsman has compiled 648 runs at an average of over 60 in first class cricket this year.

''I think Shadman Islam is an exciting Test prospect. The way he bats is very suitable for Test cricket and if he gets a chance, I am hoping that he will contribute for the success of the team."

Shakib said that they will continue to play with a positive mindset in the second Test. Bangladesh won the first Test in Chittagong by a 64-run margin. ''It will be special if we can win the series 2-0. We want to win it by a 2-0 margin and we are planning to do whatever is required to achieve it - from preparation to everything.

"If that is not the case, then we will try to win it 1-0 because winning the series is our ultimate goal. But we don't want to win the series in a defensive way rather we want to win the series playing with a positive mindset," he noted.

 

 

 
 
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