Imrul ruled out of 2nd Test with injury

Imrul Kayes

A file photo from November 22, 2018 shows Bangladesh batsman Imrul Kayes playing a shot on the opening day of their first Test against West Indies at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. — AFP photo

Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes was ruled out of second West Indies Test in Dhaka with a shoulder injury, said a team official on Tuesday.
‘Imrul hurt his shoulder while fielding during the first Test [in Chattogram]. Our physio has ruled him out for at least 10 days,’ chief selector Minhajul Abedin told New Age.
Bangladesh are leading the two-Test series 1-0 thanks to their 64-run win in the first Test, which ended last week.
The home side retained the remaining other players for the second Test, starting on Friday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Uncapped opener Shadman Islam is likely to join Soumya Sarkar in the opening slot as no replacement for Imrul was sought, said Minjahul.
Imrul’s position in the Test squad was under scrutiny after his poor performance in recent matches. The left-hander scored only 192 runs in five Test matches in 2018, averaging 19.20.
Selectors were hoping to replace Imrul with Tamim Iqbal, who was expected to return to the team for the second Test after an injury break.
But a side strain in a recent training session delayed his comeback.
‘Tamim was yet to start batting in the nets. Hopefully, we will get him back for the one-dayers,’ said Minhajul.
The three-match one-day international series against West Indies will start on December 9.
West Indies will also play three Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh during their month-long tour.

Source: New Age.


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