Pacers Rubel Hossain and Hasan Mahmud have been ruled out of Bangladesh’s upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka due to injuries. The duo, who are currently nursing back injuries, will need rehabilitation in order to make a comeback.
Bangladesh also announced a 21-member preliminary squad for the series scheduled to be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, starting May 23.
“Both of them (Rubel and Hasan) are ruled out as we don’t want to include anyone in the squad with any kind of doubt (with their fitness),” BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Sunday (May 16).
“Rubel is having an injury that usually happens to pace bowlers with a long career. It is a common problem with pace bowlers with a career spanning over 12 to 15 years,” said BCB’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury to Cricbuzz. “Due to this injury, we have seen a lot of pace bowlers’ careers ending abruptly.”
“When we were examining him, there was no problem, but he said that he was having discomfort, and so we decided that he should go through rehabilitation. It will not be cured fully, but he (Rubel) needs to manage it and play. We will sit with him if the problem persists to an extent that it is unbearable and decide the further course of action. Injections should help. Operation is our last resort.”
Debashish also informed that Hasan is nursing a soft tissue injury on his back, that he suffered during the tour of New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mossadek Hossain have recovered sufficiently and will be able to take part in the series against Sri Lanka, subject to their inclusion in the 15-member squad for the series.
Debashish further added that the team has started its official COVID-19 testing from May 15. “Officially we have started the testing of the Bangladesh team and staff from yesterday (May 15). There will be another test today, followed by another tomorrow. The staff will enter the team hotel, following the results of May 15, 16, and 17,” he said, adding that they are yet to get clearance from the government for Shakib al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman.
The duo arrived from India, on May 6, where they were participating in the Indian Premier League. They are currently going through a 14-day institutional quarantine as per a new quarantine rule, which states that foreign travelers coming from India and South Africa will have to go through a 14-day quarantine before resuming work in the country.
BCB required special permission from the DGHS to avail any relaxation on that and applied for it but failed in this regard. “The Shakib (al Hasan) and Mustafizur (Rahman) situation is being handled totally as per the Government protocol, and we are trying our best to follow the instructions on the Covid protocol,” he said.
A BCB official told Cricbuzz that the duo, who will be moving from one bubble to another, are expected to start their practice from May 19 after joining their teammates in the hotel a day before.
Meanwhile, an 18-member Sri Lanka squad led by Kusal Perera arrived in Dhaka on Sunday to take part in the series, which is also a part of the ICC World Cup Super League. The Sri Lankan squad will complete the three-day quarantine on May 18 before starting their practice at National Cricket Academy on May 19.
The visitors are scheduled to play an intra-squad practice match at the BKSP on May 21 before they take on the hosts in the series opener on May 23 at SBNS.