Bashar likely to miss first Test against NZ

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Bangladesh's captain Habibul Bashar might miss the first Test against New Zealand due to an injured thumb, news reports said today.

Dhaka:

Bangladesh's captain Habibul Bashar might miss the first Test against New Zealand due to an injured thumb, news reports said today. Bashar was retained as captain for the first test, even though he had to fully recover from the right thumb injury sustained during a practice session in August. Bangladesh's cricket selectors hoped that Bashar would recover for the two-Test series against New Zealand after surgery in Melbourne, Australia. But he suffered another blow on the same finger in the nets on Thursday and did not take part since then in any further practice session, Daily Star and Prothom Alo daily newspapers reported. Though the latest injury was not serious Bashar, 32, was unlikely to play in the first test, the reports said. In that case, wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud will stand in as the team's captain, according to the reports. Bangladesh cricket officials have already chosen Mashud, a former captain, to replace Bashar at a meeting on Sunday. A formal announcement is yet to be made. Bangladesh Cricket Board officials were not immediately available for comments. Bashar, who is considered Bangladesh's most successful batsman, figured in all the 30 Tests it has played since gaining the Test status in 2000. He also missed last month's ICC Champions Trophy in England. Bangladesh has lost 27 Test matches and drew three others since 2000. (AP)

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