Bangladesh stumper Rahim misses re­main­ing ODIs in NZ

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Bangladesh wick­et­keeper Mush­fiqur Rahim will miss the re­main­ing two one-day in­ter­na­tion­als against New Zealand with a ham­string in­jury.

The first-choice stumper, also a key mid­dle or­der bats­man, suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing his team’s de­feat by 77 runs in the Box­ing Day match at Christchurch. “We are look­ing at two weeks, any­thing be­fore is a bonus,” Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathu­rus­ingha told re­porters on Wed­nes­day. “He’s been one of the form bat­ters as well as wick­et­keeper in all for­mats, but in­juries are part and parcel of the game.”

Rahim’s in­jury cleared the decks for re­serve wick­et­keeper Nu­rul Hasan’s one­day de­but in the sec­ond match at Nelson on Thurs­day.

Be­gin­ning on Jan 3, Bangladesh play three Twenty20 matches in New Zealand fol­lowed by tests at Welling­ton (Jan. 1216) and Christchurch (Jan 20-24).

* Mean­while, for­mer Hamp­shire cap­tain and cricket com­men­ta­tor Mark Ni­cholas has been taken to hos­pi­tal for a sec­ond time in three days af­ter fall­ing ill dur­ing the sec­ond Test be­tween Aus­tralia and Pak­istan yes­ter­day.

The 59-year-old English­man was taken to hos­pi­tal on Mon­day af­ter suf­fer­ing ab­dom­i­nal pains but dis­charged af­ter tests, with his em­ployer Chan­nel Nine re­port­ing that he was in “good spir­its”.

He re­turned to the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground com­men­tary box on Wed­nes­day to com­men­tate on day three of the test but was taken to hos­pi­tal again af­ter suf­fer­ing the same symp­toms, a Cricket Aus­tralia spokesman told re­porters.

Ni­cholas played 377 first class games and led English county side Hamp­shire for over 10 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 1995 to carve out a ca­reer in jour­nal­ism and broad­cast­ing.

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