The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all geared up to host the Indian Cricket Team for a three-match One-day series following two test matches.
The last time a men’s cricket fixture was performed on Bangladesh’s soil was back in May this year when the home side hosted Sri Lanka for a two-match test series.
Earlier this year, the Craig Ervine-led Zimbabwe side clobbered Bangladesh and prevailed over the ODI and T20I series. The wounded Bangladesh Tigers will be striving to put up an effective spectacle after being outplayed by the Zimbabwe cricket team.
However, on verge of the first ODI against India, Bangladesh star pacer Taskin Ahmed is ruled out of the series opener owing to recurring back pain. The 27-year-old Taskin Ahmed has been receiving pain medication injections since the back injury, which he sustained on November 20 during a Bangladesh Cricket League game.
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Since his return to the Bangladesh squad, Taskin Ahmed has played a pivotal role in the team’s success. In the recently concluded World T20, the right-arm-fast bowler claimed 8 scalps in 5 matches with an economy of 7.28 and bestowed a scant for the Bangladesh cricket team to qualify for the semis.
While speaking on Taskin Ahmed’s injury, Minhajul Abedin, BCB Chief Selector, stated, “Taskin is ruled out from the opening game of the ODIs as his back pain recurred. We will be seeing his progress before taking further decisions regarding his participation.”
From an overall perspective, the Bangladeshi pacer has claimed 12 ODI wickets in 9 matches in 2022 at an economy of 4.88. Taskin Ahmed also grasped a five-wicket-haul (5/35) against South Africa in ODI earlier this year.
Meanwhile, on November 30, during the warm-up game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, seasoned opener Tamim Iqbal also suffered a groin injury.
“We are waiting for Tamim’s scan report. He had a groin injury and the physician asked him to have a scan to take a decision about his availability,” Minhajul added.
In absence of their spearhead, BCB has roped in Shorfiul Islam, who is currently competing against India A, as a replacement for the opening fixture.
The three-match one-day series between Bangladesh and India is fragmented from the World Super League. However, both teams would be looking to identify the perfect roster before the upcoming 2023 World Cup in India. While the hosts (India) are currently stationed at the top of World Cup Super League standings with 139 points, the Bangladesh team is positioned 5th in Super League with 120 points in their bag.
In addition, two Test matches will be played during the tour, one at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, from December 22 to 26 and the other at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from December 14 to 18. The two-match test series would be a part of the ongoing World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.