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Mushfiqur Rahim passes fitness test in time for home Test against Zimbabwe
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Mushfiqur Rahim passes fitness test in time for home Test against Zimbabwe

Mushfiqur Rahim is swiftly recovering from a hamstring injury and is expected to take part in the upcoming one-off Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe starting February 22.

The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman could not participate in the opening round of the domestic Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) owing to a hamstring injury.

He thus underwent rehabilitation in order to regain full fitness ahead of the home series against Zimbabwe.

“Mushfiqur has been struggling from a hamstring injury for quite some time and he was in rehabilitation at the same time. As it was a Grade 1 injury, we were expecting Mushfiqur to recover by the second week of February," BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

"He has given the fitness test and it was satisfying and he is fit to play. There is no obstacle for him to play in the coming days,” he added.

Mushfiqur had earlier pulled out of the Pakistan tour because of security fears expressed by his family prompting the selectors to alter the batting combination.

With chief selector Minhajul Abedin having stated that the squad picked for the Rawalpindi Test would also play against Zimbabwe, doubts persist over Mushfiqur's imminent inclusion in the playing XI for the Dhaka encounter.

However, it is likely the veteran player will walk back into the team at the expense of his replacement.

Mushfiqur offers a wealth of experience in the longest format since he is the most-capped player for his country in Test cricket.

He conjured a fighting half-century in his last Test appearance for Bangladesh during his side's innings defeat at the hands of India.