Imrul snubbed due to injury

Almost all the openers who performed well in the just concluded Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) have called up to the Bangladesh squad for the three-match T20I series against Pakistan. But the only exception is Imrul Kayes.

Imrul Kayes injury
Imrul Kayes has been snubbed due to injury.

Imrul was in brilliant form throughout the tournament. Playing for Chattogram Challengers, he scored 442 runs from 13 matches at an average of 49.11.

Still he was snubbed from the squad announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday (January 18). Chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu has revealed the real reason behind it.

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“We wanted to take Imrul. But he has got a hamstring injury. So we have picked up Shanto (Najmul Hossain) to in place of him,” clarified Nannu.

Imrul Kayes too confirmed the matter while talking to Prothom Alo. The left-hand batsman said he needs almost two weeks to become full fit.

“I have just come home after scan. The doctors are saying this is a grade 1 (mild damage) injury. I will have to have a two-week rest. Maybe I will be able to start training after that. What else but sheer misfortune this is!” said Imrul.

Meanwhile another chief selector Habibul Bashar Sumon said Naim Sheikh or Liton Das might open Bangladesh innings alonside Tamim Iqbal.

“We have considered these three batsmen as genuine openers for the T20 format. Now it is up to the team management to decide between Liton and Naim considering the right-hand left-hand combination. Others will bat in the middle-order,” he said.

Bangladesh T20I squad for Pakistan series: Mahmudullah (Captain), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Soumya Sarkar, Naim Sheikh, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Kumer Das, MD Mithun, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mahadi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Hasan Mahmud

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