IPL Live Updates Bangladesh pacers Taskin Ahmed, Shoreful Islam ruled out of first Test against Sri Lanka
Injured pace bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Shorful Islam have been ruled out of the first Test against Sri Lanka, starting May 15, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Jalal Younis confirmed on Sunday.
Younis said that he wants the fast pair to return to full fitness in the coming days in view of the packed international assignments.
Earlier, Shoreful had missed the two-match Test series against South Africa due to an ankle injury. Even though the fast bowler has recovered from it, BCB is planning to send him abroad for an operation as he has stomach problems. On the other hand, Taskin injured his right shoulder during the opening Test against South Africa and was ruled out of the next Test. He is now undergoing conservative treatment for supraspinatus tendon injury.
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“Taskin is unlikely to play against Sri Lanka, while Shorful is likely to miss the opening Test against Sri Lanka at home. Taskin has a shoulder injury and is now undergoing conservative treatment, but we want to send him to England to assess his condition and take necessary steps so that when he comes back, he is fully fit,” Jalal told Cricbuzz on Sunday.
Shorful also needs to go abroad for another treatment, and for that he is unlikely to meet in the opening Test against Sri Lanka. We want him to sort out all his physical issues and come back fully fit as we have a lot of international cricket ahead.”
Jalal also mentioned that the BCB is looking to compensate Taskin for not playing in the IPL, although he did not want to disclose the amount.
Former Bangladesh national captain Mashrafe Mortaza urged the BCB to compensate him for being out of the IPL to provide Taskin in the Test series against South Africa.
“We will try to compensate him financially (for leaving IPL to play for the national team) and we have kept it in our mind but you must also consider that even He said the series was more important than the IPL. So money is not a big issue but of course we are thinking how can we make up for that.”
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