Middle-order batsman suffers a shoulder injury May 8, 2007

Tiwary ruled out of one-day series

Sidharth Monga in Mirpur

Manoj Tiwary hurt himself during the nets session and will miss the first one-dayer © AFP

Manoj Tiwary, who was expected to make his debut in the first one-dayer against Bangladesh, has been ruled out of the one-day series due to a shoulder injury. Tiwary is expected to take the flight back home to Kolkata shortly.

Tiwary hurt himself at the training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. Towards the fag end of the session that went on for a bit more than two hours, Tiwary landed awkwardly on his right shoulder, while diving to save a boundary during one of the out-fielding drills. That it was serious showed in the way he didn't get up to stop the ball that was trickling down towards the boundary.

Tiwary didn't take any chance and lay put until John Gloster, the team physiotherapist, arrived and took charge. He was immediately taken to the dressing room even as the practice went on for 15 more minutes. He was immediately sent for investigations of the shoulder (MRI and X-Rays). These results were reviewed by an orthopedic specialist and in view of these findings, the mechanism of injury and from clinical observation Tiwary has been advised to go back home.

Dilip Vengsarkar, Chairman Senior Selection Committee, will consult team management after reaching Dhaka and will pick a replacement. The first one-dayer is on May 10th.

Tiwary was Bengal's star batsmen in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy season. He scored 796 runs in seven matches at 99.50, with only one score between 50 and 150 - and crossed 150 three times. He cracked a fine 94 in the Ranji Trophy final against a national attack of Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer with Cricinfo Magazine