The left-handed top-order batsman was left out of the Tigers’ 14-man Test squad for the first time but the decision was reversed due to all-rounder Mosaddek’s eye problem Sunday.
Mominul Haque has been recalled for Bangladesh’s first Test against Australia to replace Mosaddek Hossain a day after the top order was dropped from the squad.
The decision was subject to harsh criticism as chief selector Minhajul Abedin and Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha faced a barrage of questions from the journalists present at a media briefing where the squad was announced On Saturday.
Mosaddek has been suffering from a lingering corneal infection, which also kept him out of the training camp in Chittagong. Usually such infections gets better in three weeks when treated, but his case is taking longer.
On Sunday afternoon Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan said Mominul was back in the squad in place of the youngster. The problem usually surfaces under sunshine, not so much while indoor or in shade.
Prolonged exposure may cause significant damage to the 21-year-old’s future. In the team’s match simulation training at the Mirpur centre on Thursday, Mosaddek did bat but he felt burning pain in his eye while fielding and did not take to the field on Friday.
He contributed to the Tigers’ win against Sri Lanka with 75 runs on his debut in their last Test.