BCB set to adopt rotation policy to manage all-format players

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Shoriful is likely to appear in the second Test against the West Indies.

Shoriful is likely to appear in the second Test against the West Indies. © Getty

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has finally decided to adopt the much anticipated rotation policy as they plan to rest Mustafizur Rahman from the second Test against the West Indies to keep him for the white ball portion of the tour.

The decision to send Shoriful Islam ahead of schedule and include him in the squad for the second Test in St Lucia clearly suggests that team management is considering replacing Mustafizur with the Under-19 World Cup winning star for the series that will second Test decided, scheduled to start from June 24.

Six right-handed batsmen in the opposition batting order prompted the team leaders to go for a like-for-like replacement. Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud echoed the same sentiment to Cricbuzz on Wednesday, adding that while they have not yet decided who will play the XI, the chances of Shoriful getting a match are very high.

“His (Shoriful) chance of playing the second test is quite high, although we have yet to complete the XI for the second test and if we let Mustafizur rest and choose Shoriful then you can say that this is our first step in towards implementing a rotation policy,” Mahmoed said.

“We’ve always thought about introducing a rotation policy and it’s not just Mustafizur, we’re thinking about rotating cricketers who play three formats because it’s difficult for them to play in all three formats. At least we can say it’s kind of a start (introducing rotation policy) if Shoriful finally makes it and you’ll be seeing more in the coming days.

“We have no other option because we have a lot of tests in the coming days and we can’t stretch our fast bowlers because that will cause injuries.”

The theory of opting for a rotation policy to better manage the workload first emerged after Tamim Iqbal’s decision to opt out of the 2021 T20I series against New Zealand for personal reasons.

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan insisted they will better manage the players’ workload after the T20 World Cup, after several other leading cricketers of the country, including test skipper Shakib Al Hasan, publicly expressed their opinion that the time is high to the players because of an increase in the number of fixtures.

Mustafizur was only included in the series after much deliberation and was quite ineffective in the opening game of the series. The left-arm sailor, who was playing test after 16 months, looked jaded in the second innings and wasn’t bowling at his best. Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo hinted that he could rest the sailor before the next game to keep him for the white ball games.

“He bowled nicely but you want a little more. His pace could be up but his control was good. He needs to be managed carefully. He’s played a lot of cricket and he still needs to play a lot of cricket “We can’t put him in the throwing ground. He is an important white ball bowler for us,” Domingo said during the opening test at Antigua.

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