Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against India after sustaining a groin injury in a warm-up match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday, November 30.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, the Bangladesh medical staff have advised the Bangladesh skipper to take a two-week rest before getting in action, which puts his availability in the first Test in further jeopardy against India, commencing on December 14.
Tamim Iqbal’s injury comes as the second massive blow to Bangladesh, who will be without the services of their pace bowler Taskin Ahmed, who will miss the first ODI in Dhaka due to his recurring back problems.
BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Thursday, December 1:
“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.”
Shoriful Islam has been added as a backup to the ODI squad in the absence of Taskin Ahmed. However, it will be a massive challenge for the hosts, who will be without two of their key players.
Bangladesh updated squad for ODI series:
Litton Das, Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmud Ullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto and Nurul Hasan Sohan.
The first and second ODI between India and Bangladesh will be played on December 4, and December 7 in Dhaka while the third ODI has been shifted to Chittagong due to potential political unrest in the capital city on December 10.