Saifuddin ruled out of white-ball tour of West Indies


Saifuddin is currently training and has not reached international cricket bowling fitness, according to the BCB

Saifuddin is currently training and has not reached international cricket bowling fitness, the BCB said © Getty

Bangladesh has been dealt a blow ahead of the upcoming white-ball series against the West Indies as pace bowler Mohammad Saifuddin has been ruled out with a back injury.

Taskin Ahmed will replace Saifuddin in the T20Is, while pace bowler Ebadot Hossain, who is on the Test squad, has been chosen as his replacement for the ODI three-game series that follows, which kicks off in Guyana on July 10.

Cricbuzz understands that BCB’s medical board had already informed the jury of Saifuddin’s unavailability for the tour.

Saifuddin developed back pain ten days ago and was then given a pain-relieving injection that prevented him from bowling for seven days.

He was supposed to start bowling on June 21, but he didn’t and complained of pain. It was later decided that he will not travel with the team.

“Yes, he (Saifuddin) has been banned from 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 in training, we feel that at the moment he has not reached the bowling fitness level necessary to cope with the intensity of international cricket. He will miss the West Indies series as he continues his rehabilitation and works on his fitness.”

Saifuddin has been out of international cricket since last year’s ICC World T20 after sustaining a back injury and leaving the tournament halfway through.

He returned to competitive cricket through the Dhaka Premier League, the country’s traditional 50-over Dhaka club-based tournament, and earned a spot by performing there, picking out 22 wickets and 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 consisting of three ODIs and three T20Is.

The first 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 the all-rounder Mehidy Hasan will replace Yasir Ali in the upcoming T20I three-game series against the West Indies, which is scheduled for July 2 in Dominica. Yasir was banned from the entire white-ball series against the West Indies on Wednesday due to a back injury.



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