Bangladesh is dealt a giant blow as spinner Mehidy Hasan has been ruled out of the primary Test against Ceylon, starting 15 May in Chattogram.
The spinner is laid low with a finger injury and is about to get replaced by Nayeem Hasan within the squad. Mehidy is additionally doubtful for the second Test, which can begin on 23 May in Dhaka.
Mehidy’s injury was confirmed by Habibul Bashar, a member of the national selection panel. “He (Mehidy) is certainly ruled out from the opening Test because of a hairline injury while he’s also doubtful for the second Test,” Bashar was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
His replacement, Nayeem Hasan has played seven Tests, taking 25 wickets for the Tigers.
Mehidy’s absence is another severe blow to Bangladesh’s bowling attack, which is currently handling numerous injuries. Pacer Taskin Ahmed, who sustained a shoulder injury during the primary Test against South Africa remains unavailable as he continues his recovery. Shoriful Islam’s inclusion is additionally subject to fitness after he missed the series against the Proteas thanks to an ankle injury.
The hosts though are going to be bolstered by the return of talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was named within the squad after missing the two-Test series against an African country thanks to personal reasons.
The two-match series is played under the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle and can be crucial for each side. country are currently placed fifth with some extent percentage of fifty while Bangladesh languishes a spot above the underside at eighth with 16.66%.