BANGLADESH TOUR OF WI, 2022
Currently training, Saifuddin has not attained the bowling fitness for international cricket, the BCB said © Getty
Bangladesh have received a blow ahead of the upcoming white-ball series against West Indies as pace bowler Mohammad Saifuddin stands ruled out with back injury.
Taskin Ahmed will replace Saifuddin in the T20Is while pace bowler Ebadot Hossain, who is in the Test squad, has been chosen as his replacement for the three-match ODI series that follows, scheduled to start on July 10 in Guyana.
Cricbuzz understands that BCB’s medical board had already informed the selection panel of Saifuddin’s unavailability for the tour.
Saifuddin sustained the back pain ten days ago and was subsequently given a pain relieving injection that barred him from bowling for seven days.
On June 21, he was expected to start his bowling but he failed to do so and complained of pain. Later, it was decided that he will not be traveling with the team.
” Yes, he (Saifuddin) is ruled out for the series, ” a BCB official confirmed to Cricbuzz on Thursday.
Later in a release, BCB confirmed the development. The board’s Chief Sports Physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury said: “Although Shaifuddin is training, we feel that at the moment he has not reached the bowling fitness level required to cope with the intensity of international cricket. He will miss the West Indies series as he continues his rehab and works on his fitness. ”
Saifuddin has been out of international cricket since the ICC World T20 last year after he sustained a back injury and left the tournament midway.
He returned to competitive cricket through the Dhaka Premier League, the country’s traditional 50-over Dhaka club based tournament, and earned a spot through performing there, picking 22 wickets along with scoring 220 runs.
Six members of Bangladesh’s T20 and ODI squad are expected to leave Dhaka tomorrow (June 24) for the white-ball series comprising of three ODIs and three T20Is.
The opening two T20Is will be played in Dominica on July 2 and 3 while the third will be played in Guyana on July 7. The three ODIs are also scheduled in Guyana on July 10, 13 and 16.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Thursday that off-spinning all-rounder Mehidy Hasan will replace Yasir Ali in the upcoming three-match T20I series against West Indies, scheduled to start on July 2 in Dominica. Yasir was ruled out of the entire white-ball series against West Indies on Wednesday due to a back injury.