BCB to send Shadman, Mrittunjoy down under
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to send Test opener Shadman Islam and the Under-19 pacer bowler Mrittunjoy Chowdhury to Australia for surgery. BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury informed the news on Tuesday (February 4).
Bangladesh Test team’s regular face Shadman has been suffering from a wrist injury for a long time. He played in the India series even with the injury, but could not take part in the first round of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL). He will also miss the upcoming Test against Pakistan.
However, the BCB want Shadman to be fit as soon as possible, and so they are sending him to Australia.
On the other hand, bowler Mrittunjoy was forced out of the ongoing under-19 World Cup due to shoulder injury. So he too will be sent down under for better treatment and quick recovery.
“We were struggling for both of their injuries. One is Shadman’s wrist injury and the other is Mrittunjoy’s shoulder injury. Mrittunjoy has returned because of his shoulder injury from Under-19 World Cup. He is very a very promising cricketer,” said Debashish.
The board has already started the processes of contacting with Australian doctors specialized on the particular injuries. According to Debashish, Shadman and Mrittunjoy could be sent to Australia at the end of February.
Mrittunjoy’s absence is a big loss for Bangladesh Under-19 side, and it could be proven costly if the Young Tigers fail to reach the final of the Under-19 World Cup. Again, Shadman’s unavailability means Bangladesh would have to play with relatively inexperienced top-order in Rawalpindi. Saif Hasan and Najmul Hossain Shanto could play in Bangladesh’s top-order.