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Nayeem Hasan to miss Dhaka Test because of finger injury

He is expected to take at least three weeks to recover

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
20-May-2022
Nayeem Hasan celebrates after picking his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Chattogram, 2nd day, May 16, 2022

Nayeem Hasan picked up six wickets in the first innings of the Chattogram Test  •  BCB

There's more bad news for Bangladesh's bowling attack, with Nayeem Hasan ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, in Dhaka, with a finger injury.
A BCB statement quoted national team physio Bayzidul Islam as saying, "Nayeem had a contusion of the right middle finger while batting and fielding in the first Test. An X-Ray after the match confirmed an oblique fracture on the tip of the middle finger. He will miss the second Test. We will take specialist opinion before planning his rehab and recovery."
Offspinner Nayeem was seen with his right hand in a sling, and the injured finger in wraps, on the flight from Chattogram, where the first Test was played, to Dhaka on Friday. Nayeem will be the fourth frontline bowler to be sidelined from the two-Test series after injuries to Shoriful Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taskin Ahmed; Mehidy and Taskin are missing the whole series.
Nayeem took career-best figures of 6 for 105 in the first innings of the Chattogram Test as he made his return to the Test team after 15 months. The injury took place on the fourth day, when Nayeem couldn't hold on to a return catch offered by Dimuth Karunaratne and his finger was jammed into the pitch. He still ended up bowling 23 overs in the Sri Lanka second innings as the match petered out into a draw.
Earlier in the same afternoon, quick bowler Kasun Rajitha, himself a concussion sub for Vishwa Fernando, struck Shoriful's hand during the Bangladesh innings, and the left-arm quick did not take any further part in the match. He has already been ruled out of the Dhaka Test and, like Taskin, is unlikely to play in the West Indies Test series next month.
The second Test will start on Monday.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84