It seems that nothing is going right for Bangladesh at the moment. The visitors were trashed in the first two ODIs and have already lost the ODI series. Now middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun who is in good form has been ruled out of the third ODI due to an hamstring injury while there are doubts over availability of senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.
Mithun had injured himself while completing a run during the second ODI against New Zealand. Bangladesh team manager, Khaled Masud gave an update on Mithun’s injury and stated that Mithun’s recovery will take 10-12 days and he will miss the last ODI. But at the same time he said that they are hopeful that he will be fit before the first Test.
Mithun has been the stand-out player for Bangladesh in this series. The right-hand batsman has scored two half-centuries in two games in this series so far and has looked at home while facing the New Zealand bowlers.
On the other hand, Mushfiqur Rahim’s rib-cage injury has resurfaced but the team management feels that he will be available for the third game.
Masud stated that Mushfiqur’s condition is very well and they did not find anything after the scans.
He stated that the wicket-keeper batsman did not practice on Monday but a decision will be made during warm-up on Tuesday as they try to see how fit he is and they hope that he will play.
The visitors have lost both the games played so far in the series while the third ODI will be played at Dunedin on 20th February.
Bangladesh squad: Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Nayeem Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam