Shakib Al Hasan’s Rangpur Riders will play against Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s Sylhet Strikers in Mirpur tomorrow in their second match in BPL. Shakib, however, went to Singapore yesterday for eye treatment, he is not playing in the first phase in Dhaka. But there is another big question in the minds of Rangpur Raiders fans – will Babar Azam play tomorrow?
The Rangpur franchise’s Facebook page shared a picture of Babar Azam’s Instagram story today. Where Babar wrote, ‘On the way to Bangladesh.’ Babar played yesterday for Pakistan in the final match of the T20I series against New Zealand in Christchurch. From there he was supposed to leave for Dhaka.
Rangpur coach Sohail Islam told the media today that Babar Azam is expected to play in Rangpur’s next match. As such, Rangpur Riders fans can hope to see him against Sylhet tomorrow. Sohail Islam also said that what will be Babar’s role in the team, which position he will take, has also been decided.
It is assumed that Babar will go down at number three. Shakib was in that position in the previous match. However, the idea of removing Babar from Brandon King or Rony Talukder in the opening pair of the previous match cannot be completely ruled out.