Shadman uncertain for Rawalpindi Test
Opening batsman Shadman Islam’s participation in the first Test match against Pakistan is in doubt, as the left-hander is nursing a wrist injury.
The 24-year-old took an injection on Monday, and he has been advised to take rest for a week. He had sustained the injury last year while playing a four-day match for Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI in Bengaluru.
After sustaining the injury, Shadman had to return home early after playing only two matches in the Thimmappiah Memorial tournament. However, he played in the two-match Test series in India, during which the injury came back once again. And now the situation is as such that, the pain worsens when he tries to bat.
As a result, Shadman was also not picked in the forthcoming Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL)’s players’ draft, as the franchises were asked to not take him owing to his injury.
“We asked Shadman not to play in the BCL as he has been suffering from a wrist injury for quite some time. He took the injection on Monday, and we advised him to rest a week and due to his current state, we also informed the authorities not to consider him for the first-round match of BCL,” said BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury on Tuesday (January 28).
He also added, “After two to three days, we will assess his condition again. We can decide whether he will be available for the Pakistan Test after observing his condition a few days later, as this is an old injury. The pain worsens when he tries to bat. Such an injury is manageable for shorter matches, but it gets tough when someone plays in longer format matches.”
Meanwhile, Imrul Kayes was also barred from playing in the upcoming BCL, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
After completion of the first round of BCL, Mominul Haque’s side will leave for Rawalpindi on February 5, where the first Test will be held from February 7 to 11.