Sreesanth, the Indian fast bowler, will return home ahead of the second Test against Bangladesh because of a thigh strain he suffered while bowling on the final day of the Chittagong Test. Sreesanth was scheduled to catch a flight to India on Saturday afternoon.

VVS Laxman has been ruled out of the Test as well, creating an opportunity for M Vijay to add to his two Test caps. Vijay has been India's first-choice replacement of late but his two matches have come as opener.

Laxman was supposed to have left for India on Friday but there had been a change of plan. Laxman had hurt his left hand when he dropped a catch at third slip in the first Test and had ten stitches to his hand. He was seen practising two days before the second Test, using only his non-injured hand, and on the eve of the match he was declared not fit.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo