Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Hambantota March 22, 2013

Knee injury puts Nazmul out of ODI series


Bangladesh fast bowler Nazmul Hossain has been ruled out of the ODI series in Sri Lanka after injuring his left knee during training in Colombo. Nazmul twisted his knee while avoiding a straight drive from Ziaur Rahman during a net session, on what would have been the fifth day of the second Test.

"Nazmul's injury has not responded to treatment and he has therefore been ruled out of the series against Sri Lanka," Bangladesh physio Vibhav Singh said. "We have already consulted with two orthopedic surgeons and they have said that they will need to assess him further."

Bangladesh are now without three of their best quicks - Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam and Nazmul. Mortaza has an injured ankle and Shafiul a side strain. Given the assistance the conditions in Hambantota - the venue for the first ODI - give the fast bowlers, Bangladesh's depleted resources are a concern.

"We have the confidence but we are without some quality senior players like Mashrafe [Mortaza] and Shakib [Al Hasan]," Mushfiqur said. "Their presence would have given our side more balance. If the pace bowlers can give us a good start in the three matches, the result will be very different. A lot is depending on them.

"We are playing day-night matches, the ball will move here. There are also two new balls from the respective ends, so we will depend on our pace bowlers."

Nazmul has not played for Bangladesh since March last year, after suffering a similar injury to his knee. A replacement is being sought for this series but won't arrive before the first ODI, which leaves Bangladesh with Rubel Hossain and Abul Hasan as pace options.

Rubel is the more experienced of the two and has a good economy rate but he has bowled poorly towards the end of limited-overs matches. Abul hasn't taken a wicket in the two one-dayers he has played so far. Ziaur Rahman is the other seam bowling option, but he is yet to play ODIs.

Fortunately for Bangladesh, the batsmen have been relatively in good form. They have Tamim Iqbal back after he missed the Tests because of injury. The only concern is Mahmudullah, who did not have a good Test series with the bat.

"He [Mahmudullah] was unlucky in two of the three dismissals during the Test series," Mushfiqur said. "He has worked extra hard in between the Tests and ODIs so I would hope he will make up for the miss in the Tests here.

"He was our best player in the West Indies ODIs, so he has that confidence. The replacements have done well. Mominul [Haque], [Anamul Haque] Bijoy, [Mohammad] Ashraful and Jahurul [Islam] have been among the runs. It is an encouraging sign for the team that there are players who can come in and settle quickly."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Now Tamim, who stands the number 7 spot of injury, previous Injury list for BD was.....: 1)Shakib 2)Mashrafee 3)Shahriar Nafees 4)Naeem Islam 5)Shafiul Islam 6)Nazmul Hossain 7)Enamul haque jnr. These are not only just numbers but all are recent performers and was selected in the main squad for this series.....this is not excuse of today's defeat but im sure that such incident didn't happen with any team in the past. The strength of present BD team is like less than half of their main strength that is playing against an almost full strength (only Mahela missing) Lankan team. So being optimistic the expectation shouldn't be high in this tour. Just hope we'll fight till the last and our youngsters will make some impression.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Poor boy again injury!! Taskin can be best choice replaced him.

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    I think ......! Taskin ahmed,Farhad reza & Muktar ali is the best option

  • Jonny on March 22, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    There's something called "light-injury" but I'm not sure whether they are sure enough to know whether they can play or not. Everyone pulls a muscle here and there but can still overcome it.

  • Sal on March 22, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Injuries are really affecting Bangladesh. Nothing is going right for them.

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Most of Bangladesh's fast bowlers to fall to injuries other than Shahadat who is isnt really a ODI bowler. From Rasel, Nazmul, Shafiul, Mashrafee, Tapash,, all these players are alarmingly weak and can't sustain international level pressure to continue. And you look at Sri Lankan or Pakistani bowlers, they are pretty well built and pretty successful... For Nazmul, he is a poster child for injury-prone bowlers, I dont think he ever completed a series without getting into injury..

  • Amir on March 22, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    I meant to write Sohag Gazi and not Mosharraf.

  • Amir on March 22, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Taskin will be good choice but he is very young. I think he should play atleast one/two more years in first class competition before making the jump to national team. We tend to bring young players up too ear;y at times and in the past we had to but we are not in that situation now. We should develop young talents further before bringing them in. I would play Tamim, Anamul, Ashraful, Mushfique, Nasir, Zia, Mahmudullah, Abul Hasan, Razzak, Mosharraf and Rubel. Zia can be brought in early depending on situation.

  • Chris on March 22, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Taskin is definitely not ready for Test Cricket but I think he should play some limited overs matches considering the maximum overs are 4 and 10 respectively.

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    yes....he might be far better than abul

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