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Rhodes: Saifuddin did not lie

  • Published at 09:33 pm June 23rd, 2019
Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin trains ahead of the Afghanistan match Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Southampton

Tigers’ head coach Rhodes assured that Saifuddin did not exaggerate his injury

Ahead of their crucial World Cup fixture, Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes claimed all-rounder Mohamamd Saifuddin did not exaggerate about his injury during their last match against Australia.

Bangladesh will play their seventh game of the ongoing 2019 World Cup against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton on Monday.

A report on a national daily newspaper two days ago claimed that Saifuddin exaggerated about his injury and did not intend to play the Australia match as the pitch was expected to be flat at Trent Bridge. The ground is known to be a high scoring venue and it has seen many high scores including the World Record score of 481 made by England against Australia in last year. 

Also in the discussed match, where Saifuddin did not feature, Australia opted to bat first against Bangladesh and scored 381 in their 50 overs. In reply Bangladesh scored 333, their highest ever ODI score.

Tigers’ head coach Rhodes assured that Saifuddin did not exaggerate his injury.

“I think it’s a really important issue. Because the report that came out is untrue. There was something about a meeting that I had regarding a replacement with Mashrafe[bin Mortaza] and the selector. But that didn’t take place. So I really would like you guys to do is, before questioning the integrity of a player, make sure your information is one hundred percent correct,” said Rhodes during the pre -match press conference on Sunday.  

“Because if it’s a lie then it puts the player in to a very difficult position. That’s not good for the player and also not good for Bangladesh. And I’m desperate to win this World Cup, and that’s the challenge and that’s the mountain to climb and if anything gets in the way, please be sure of what people are telling you before you write it,” he added.    

Bangladesh took part in a training session since Sunday morning at the Rose Bowl stadium ahead of their next game against Afghanistan.

Saifuddin trained with the team and also bowled in the net session. Coach informed he is okay now and can be available for the next match.

“As per physical state he is fine, he needed rest. His back was giving him real problem. It was a physical thing… he couldn’t bowl. You’re not going to pick a player who couldn’t bowl. That’s the real reason why he missed the last game against Australia. Now he is okay,” coach concluded.

Saifuddin has taken nine wickets in the World Cup so far in four innings with the strike rate of 22.6 and economy of 7.29.