Imrul injured the only change


Bangladesh's opening player, Imrul Kayes, was ruled out of the second test against the West Indies in Dhaka with shoulder and foot injuries. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced yesterday a 13-member squadron without a replacement for Imrul.

The squad for the Dhaka Test is still similar to the one that had already registered the first victory in the Bangladesh test against the West Indies at home in Chattogram on Saturday. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that Imrul's injury will leave him out of action for about 10 days.

"The medical report has revealed that Imrul has injured his shoulder and toe. He will need 10 days to recover," said Ms. Miul.

Imrul, who scored two centuries and a 90 in the ODI series against Zimbabwe in October, failed to emulate his punctuation form in the longer version of the game. His 44 in the first innings of the first test were built at the mercy of a drop and a ball dispensation. However, he did not have that fortune in the second round when he saw his stumps shaken after scoring just two of five balls.

Although it was the injury that saw the left player out of the pack, his exclusion could also be justified in form after his disappointing showing with the cue in the first Test as well as in the two previous tests against Zimbabwe.

The departure of Imrul increased the chances of newcomer Shadman Islam making his debut in the final test of the series, since he remains the sole regular holder on the side next to Soumya Sarkar.

Squadron: Shakib Al Hasan (C), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ariful Haque, Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam


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