Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 February 25, 2013

Injured Enamul, Naeem out of SL tour


A day after he made the Test side for the first time in more than three years, Bangladesh left-arm spinner Enamul Haque jnr has lost his spot on the tour of Sri Lanka because of a hamstring injury suffered during training on Monday. Middle-order batsman Naeem Islam was also ruled out with a right quadriceps tear.

The selectors named uncapped batsman Marshall Ayub and left-arm spinner Elias Sunny as replacements. It is the first time Marshall was picked in the senior side. He was always a likely call-up but Sunny's selection is confusing, especially in light of what chief selector Akram Khan said the previous day while announcing the 15-man squad.

Enamul had close competition from left-arm spinners Mosharraf Hossain and Saqlain Sajib, but the selectors went for Sunny after it was ascertained that Enamul's injury would keep him away from the Test series. "Enamul complained today morning of left hamstring pain," Bangladesh's physio Vibhav Singh said. "After assessment it was found he has a grade one hamstring tear. This will see him receiving physiotherapy and rehabilitation for about seven to ten days."

Naeem suffered his injury while trying to stop a ball with his foot during a BPL match for Chittagong Kings. He stepped on the ball carelessly and slipped. He was carried off on a stretcher, though the Kings management played down the injury at the time.

Naeem missed four BPL matches after that before playing the second semifinal against Sylhet Royals. He later appeared for North Zone in the BCL final, so it is uncertain who made the decision for him to play despite hurting his quadriceps. "Naeem has a grade two quadriceps tear of the right leg," Vibhav said. "He has pain and weakness on testing. He will need to have physiotherapy and rehabilitation for at least two to three weeks."

Naeem's replacement Marshall scored more than 1000 runs in the first-class season. He is the highest run-scorer in the NCL - 604 runs in seven matches - and BCL - 465 runs in three matches - and scored a double-century both the two first-class competitions. Sunny played three NCL matches this season, taking 10 wickets, as he was busy with the senior team at the time. He took 13 wickets at an average of 37.15 in the BCL.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Ziggy on February 27, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Isn't Enamul just gone for 8 days, if so he can be back for the second test, if not ODI's. He should at least be fully fit for 2nd ODI not the whole tour. Haven't heard extent of Naeem though.

  • Manesh on February 27, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    What ever may be the team selection, the results will be same as old!

  • Sami on February 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Sunny is experience and confident which is why he got the nod compared to all the other SLA bowlers we have plus can bat a bit.

  • Shipu on February 26, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    BD XI - Tamim, Marshall, Anamul, Shahriar, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Abul, Gazi, Sunny and Rubel. Please no Mominul, Shahadat or Robiul in this series.

  • Sarfin on February 26, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @ NAD_SriLankanBoy, Yeah, he is a match winner in his day. But no one knows when his day might come. Had a poor FC season with just a single ton and no fifty...

  • Sarfin on February 26, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Shamsur is a good prospect. But 4 new batsmen are too much for Bangladesh. Besides, he had a moderate FC season with an average of 35 and was the 14th highest run scorer. You can't select someone for Tests based on his Twenty20 performance. I hope Shamsur can carry on his form and have a good FC season. Our pipeline seems very promising!

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on February 26, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Just don't understand why are everyone so much eager to include Shamsur in the Bangladesh team??? And that too in the test squad !!!! He is a decent player and had good BPL no doubt but that doesn't mean right at the very moment he will also be good in the national colors too. Just check out his BCL & NCL records this season you guys will get the point why. He is averaging 39.6 & 29 respectively, which is not good enough considering other batsman's average in Bangladesh Domestic arena this season. It will be more than justice if the selectors give him a chance in the T20 team. I hope everyone should now stop demanding his inclusion in the squad and let him be as an emerging player. I am sure if he performs like this in every format and in the A Team then there might be a great opener waiting for BD in the future. Full stop.

  • Ken on February 26, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    my BNG test xi: tamim, shamsur, jahrul/ayub,anamul, nasir, mushfiqur, riyad, sohag, sunny, rubel, abul

    too early for mominul. shamsur dealt with short ball well during BPL. Jahrul is experienced and dependable. ayub deserves his chance. anamul is future no.3 batsman, but still too early. pace bowling is a big worry. rubel has to play cos he can reverse swing and had decent BPL. shahadat has had his time. unfortunate that shafiul and nazmul aren't selected, would have been much more confident for BNG.

  • Nadda on February 26, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    why isnt ashraful in the Bangladesh side? he's a good player you know..

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    After shock of BPL! Embrace it now! BCB could have at least ask the franchises to release its centrally contracted players at least 25 -30 days before a series starts. It's not just these two players, a lot of players will be carrying injuries now. Good, get mentally prepared for innings defeats.

    Why the decision to send Shakib to Aus was taken so late ? Why steps were not taken to diagnose it earlier ? Do BCB even care about Test matches ? This series will actually reveal if the BPL governs BCB or the other way around.

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