Shoriful ruled out of Test series, likely to miss first West Indies Test as well

The left-arm quick has been ruled out of action for four to five weeks, according to team physio Bayjedul Islam

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
Shoriful Islam suffered an injury to his hand while facing Kasun Rajitha  •  AFP/Getty Images

Shoriful Islam suffered an injury to his hand while facing Kasun Rajitha  •  AFP/Getty Images

Bangladesh left-arm quick Shoriful Islam has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against Sri Lanka after he sustained a right hand injury on the fourth evening in Chattogram. An X-ray revealed a fracture and Shoriful has been ruled out for four to five weeks, which is likely to make him unavailable for the first West Indies Test as well, set to start on June 16.
The selectors didn't name a replacement for Shoriful while announcing an unchanged squad for the second Test in Dhaka starting May 23.
"Shoriful Islam had a contusion of the right hand while batting," Bayjedul said in a BCB release on Thursday. "After the fourth day's play an X-ray was carried out which has revealed a fracture on the base of the 5th metacarpal bone. Such injuries tend to take around three weeks to heal followed by a couple of week's rehab. He will not be available to play for four to five weeks."
Kasun Rajitha struck Shoriful on his right hand after he tried to fend away a short ball in the 167th over of the Bangladesh innings. Physio Bayejidul Islam came out a couple of times to tend to him but Shoriful continued to bat. Four overs later, he fell down screaming in pain after swinging and missing at Rajitha.
Shoriful eventually retired out to close the Bangladesh innings on 465 and he didn't come out to bowl at all when Sri Lanka batted again.
Bangladesh are already without Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the Chattogram Test due to injuries. Taskin's participation is also a concern for Bangladesh's West Indies tour next month as well. Taskin, who consulted a specialist in London for his shoulder injury earlier this month, is undergoing conservative treatment at the moment, so the selectors are yet to decide if he will be considered for the Tests in the West Indies.
"We are not getting Shoriful for the Tests in West Indies. Taskin too is most likely unavailable for the red-ball matches. We might get the pair in the white-ball part of the tour," Minhajul Abedin, the BCB chief selector, said.
Bangladesh are likely to head for the tour on June 5 to play two Tests, three T20Is and three ODIs till mid-July.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84