What it means for Bangladesh’s cricket team
The world’s biggest tournament is coming to a close in Bangladesh on Sunday, and the team has already lost its best batsman.
A day after dismissing England in the final of the World Twenty20 final in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s players have lost their top batsman in the team’s first ever Test.
Shahzad Ali, who had played a pivotal role in the national side’s win over England in India earlier this month, has been named as the final replacement.
Batsman and captain of the team Saeed Ajmal was given a five-match ban for the incident and will be available for selection in the IPL final.
Bangladesh’s team is yet to find its best bowler, though, with the top-order batsman, Waqar Younis, having been sidelined since the end of the ODI series in England.
While the Bangladesh cricket team will be looking to bounce back from its loss to England in Dhana, a disappointing performance against the top side of the ICC World T20 competition has not helped the team get over the disappointment.
On Saturday, the national team’s top order batsman Waqrath Aminul Haque scored a century in the second ODI against England, which ended in a draw.
The next match is in two weeks, but Bangladesh have been waiting patiently for their team to find a way to put on a show.
Bangladeshi coach Daryush Valizadeh had initially said that Haque would start the tournament as the top batsmen.
A few days later, however, the coach revealed that Haq would start as a backup batsman as soon as the second game was over.
Haque, who scored his first century of the tournament in the first innings of the second Test, was later dismissed for four in the third.
On Sunday, Haque had to sit out the fourth ODI as a precautionary measure as he had to be stretchered off the field in the fourth over of the innings.
In the fifth over of that match, Haq, who was dismissed for three in the sixth over, was seen to be running on the field and appeared to be upset at being dismissed.
Haq has now been dropped from the Bangladesh side, while the players are waiting to hear from the coach on the replacement.
The ICC has announced that the replacement for Haque is Waqat Ahmed, who has been the leading batsman on the team for the past two seasons.
Haques first hundred of the season was scored in the 4th ODI in Dhakwa.
Despite playing a vital role in Bangladesh’s victory in the World T15 earlier this year, the 28-year-old will now be looking for his first Test century since September, when he scored his only Test hundred in the same match.
There have been reports that the coach has already said he will not select Haque as the team captain for the match against England.