Bangladesh received a huge blow as pace bowler Taskin Ahmed is ruled out from the 15-member ODI squad bound for the upcoming tour of New Zealand due to sustaining an injury on his left ankle.
Taskin, who made a comeback in the national team on the back of a remarkable performance in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) being the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 22 wickets for Sylhet Sixers, sustained injury during the last match against Chittagong Vikings at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on February 1.The lanky pace bowler hobbled off the ground during the match between his side Sylhet Sixers as he tried to hold a catch of Mossadek Hossain on Friday, only to end up twisting his ankle and later it was confirmed that he damaged the ligament of his left ankle. This meant that he would at least miss the three-match ODI series against New Zealand.
“Taskin is probably out for the next four to six weeks as he damaged his ligament severely,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Daily Sun on Saturday.
“It is certainly a huge blow to the national team as he was carrying a good rhythm and looked very impressive in the recent past,” said Minhajul.
Daily Sun learnt that either pace bowler Ebadat Hossain or Shafiul Islam will replace Taskin who pushed his way back to Bangladesh’s ODI side since being dropped in 2017 due to lack of form coupled by injury issues.
Taskin was also included in the Test squad and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking forward to him making the cut if he could make a quick recovery.
The 23-year old pacer was left out of the national team after his dismal show during Bangladesh’s South Africa tour back in 2017. He was recalled in the Nidahas Trophy T20 in Sri Lanka in 2018 but failed to impress there as well.