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June 1, 2008
Aftab Ahmed, the Bangladesh batsman, will miss the forthcoming tri-series at home and the Asia Cup in Pakistan, after sustaining a fractured finger during training at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, on Saturday.
Aftab was struck on the ring finger of his right hand, while trying to fend off a rising delivery from the seamer Mahbubul Alam. His place has gone to the allrounder Alok Kapali while Rajin Saleh will replace Kapali in the Bangladesh A squad for the upcoming tour of Ireland.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has confirmed the finger was also dislocated. Aftab will require surgery and is ruled out for six weeks. "There is a lot of pain on the finger and it has also swelled," Aftab told the Daily Star.
This is Aftab's second injury in the last three months, after he top-edged a Jacques Kallis delivery onto his face while batting in the Chittagong Test against South Africa. He missed the three one-dayers which followed and returned for the ODI series against Ireland at home.
The first match of the tri-series, also featuring India and Pakistan, will be played on June 8 in Mirpur.
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