Earlier last Sunday, a selection committee meeting took place where Tigers head coach Chandika Hathurusingha joined through tele-conference.
And it was learnt that decision to axe Mahmudullah from Bangladesh's upcoming 100th Test was taken in order to give him some rest.
The news spread rapidly and the reaction was mostly negative as questions were raised as to why the team management would send one of their most experienced cricketers in the middle of a series, and more importantly, ahead of a landmark Test.
The decision however, depended on the green signal of BCB president Nazmul Hasan, who was out of the country. Upon his arrival on Monday, the BCB chief immediately announced a press conference.
In his immediate reaction, Nazmul said he is unaware over whether Mahmudullah would head back home. He added that Mahmudullah can indeed ask for a break. In that case, he would join the team in Sri Lanka before the three-match ODI series.
So, the question remains. Was the decision to send back Mahmudullah come from the team management?
It was also being rumoured that the 31-year old was not named in the ODI squad, finalised by the selection committee. But later in a press release, BCB announced the 50-over squad where Mahmudullah was named in the 16-member party.
Meanwhile, it was also understood that Hathurusingha has urged for a transformation in the T20 format. During discussions, questions regarding appointing a new T20 captain in place of limited-over skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza were raised.
Earlier, it was Hathurusingha who asked Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim to bat at No 4 and relieved him from keeping duties.
According to sources, left-handed batsman Mominul Haque is also likely to be dropped from the second Test after scoring just one fifty in his last five innings. Opening batsman Imrul Kayes, who has already joined the Test squad, will return to the playing XI, along with Sabbir Rahman. And perhaps, left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is also expected to return in place of pacer Subashish Roy.
As a result, the coach “fear” among the members of the Bangladesh team has reached another level.
It was learned that even the senior members of the team get surprised at times by some of the coach’s decisions.
According to sources, Hathurusingha is often termed Saddam Hussein (former Iraqi president) in the dressing room for his autocratic personality and strictness. One can't help but agree.