Taskin Ahmed out of Bangladesh's first ODI against India; Tamim Iqbal in doubt
The selectors have called up Shoriful Islam as a back-up for Taskin
Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed has been ruled out of Bangladesh's first ODI against India in Mirpur due to a back injury, while captain Tamim Iqbal is also in doubt for the game due to a groin injury he picked up during a warm-up match on Wednesday.
The selectors have called up Shoriful Islam as a back-up for Taskin from the Bangladesh A side who are currently playing against India A in Cox's Bazar.
"Taskin is out of the first ODI and we will know about his availability for the rest of the ODI series only after another fitness test," Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin told ESPNcricinfo. "Tamim is also in doubt due to a groin injury but we will keep assessing him in the next few days."
Taskin suffered the injury during a BCL match on November 20 for which he has been taking a pain-killer injection for the last few days. He has emerged as the bowling attack leader in the last 12 months after making a stellar comeback to international cricket. But earlier this year, he was put of action for a few months due to a shoulder injury. He picked up the back injury during a BCL match on November 20.
The first ODI will be held in Dhaka on Sunday followed by the second one at the same venue on December 7 and the final match on December 10 in Chattogram.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84