:: Peoples Time Online ::
Bangladesh star batsman Mahmudullah Riyad on Saturday started batting in net, showing no sign of pain on his injured shoulder, much to the relief of the cricket fans and the team management.
Mahmudullah has been the vital cog in Bangladesh’s World Cup plan for which his shoulder injury came a huge blow for the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) who is expected to announce the team for the showcase event in the third week of this month.
The batsman had initially injured himself a few months ago but aggravated it during the first Test against New Zealand on the recent tour when he dived on the field twice.
An MRI test was conducted in New Zealand and the BCB physicians were waiting for the report before determining the healing process of the injury and the report suggested he had a grade-3 tear.
However, the experienced all-rounder felt good enough to start batting and hit it well.
He refused to make any official comment on his injury apart for stating that he felt no pain during the 40-minute net session.
“I felt no pain. Hopefully everything will be okay,” he said. It was the first time after 21 days that he batted. There is indication that he will participate in the upcoming events without any problem.”
Mahmudullah is supposed to take part in the Super League stage of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League which is yet to be scheduled. If everything goes well, he will play for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the league.
Mahmudullah is considered one of the biggest weapons of the Tigers’ ODI set-up. In the last World Cup, he struck two back-to-back tons that helped them secure them a Quarter Final berth for the first time.
In the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, he struck another century which guided Tigers to the semi-final of the event.