Imrul Kayes will tour for New Zealand series- BCB source
CRICDOT DESK : Opener Imrul Kayes was not at any level of discussion at all. Not even around the national team for a long time. But in the opener crisis, the selectors have to reach out to the old Imrul Kayes. According to a reliable source in the national team, this opener is very much considered for the New Zealand tour team.
The crisis is due to Saif Hasan’s typhoid. He has been out of the game for several days. Now there are only two ‘genuine’ openers in the team – Sadman Islam and Naeem Sheikh. There is not much question in the head of management about Sadman. In Tamim’s absence he is sure at one end. In that case, the question is whether one can rely on learning Naeem in a long journey in difficult conditions like New Zealand.
In this case, the selectors are not in favor of taking Naeem to New Zealand. Instead, they want to think of Mahmudul Hasan Joy, the make-shift opener. Another option is Nazmul Hasan Shant. But neither Joy nor Shant is a genuine opener. The management wants a genuine opener in New Zealand conditions. And in this case Imrul’s name is coming.
An official close to the national team, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We do not have much of an option. We are not sure whether Naeem will be taken to New Zealand or not. In that case, there is no genuine opener in the team except Sadman. Even if you have a backup, you will need another opener. And in such a case, there is no opportunity to consider the name of anyone other than Imrul. The rest of the openers are very young. They have no such experience. It would not be right to put pressure on them in the difficult conditions of New Zealand. ‘
But the management is not able to take Imrul’s decision easily. Because Imrul doesn’t have a single run at bat. The official said, “If he had run a little, I would not have thought so much. He has experience playing in New Zealand. He also ran there. But the problem is that lately he has no runs at all. He did not get a run in the national league. As a result, it is difficult to make a decision.
Although it is difficult, the management is not able to throw the ball to anyone except Imrul. They are considering some more names. Even the young Parvez Hossain Emon or the experienced majestic government is being considered. In the end, considering the pace bowling, the decision is not likely to lean towards Soumya. But for now, the discussion revolves around Imrul.
If called, it will be a big return for Imrul. He last played in the national team in 2019. He played in the Pink Test against India in Kolkata that year. From then on, he was not considered.