Shafiul ruled out of Windies Test due to ankle injury



Shafiul Islam is likely to be out of action for three to six weeks © AFP

Bangladesh have received a blow ahead of the second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park on Thursday (July 12) as paceman Shafiul Islam has been ruled out due an ankle injury.

Shafiul sustained the injury on his right ankle on while fielding during a practice session on Tuesday. While an X-ray cleared any fracture, it revealed that the pacer had suffered a Grade 2 lateral ligament sprain with medial bone bruising which is likely to keep him out of action for three to six weeks.

“He is unavailable for selection for the second Test and will likely be unavailable for three to six weeks depending on further assessment. He will remain with team and travel home after the match. We expect the acute swelling to reduce by that time.” Bangladesh team physio Thihan Chandramohan said.

Shafiul’s injury comes as a lifeline for Rubel Hossain, with the team management likely to ask him to stay back for the upcoming ODI series. Cricbuzz had earlier reported that Rubel was set to fly back home following a below-par performance in the first Test and the selectors’ decision to trim the squad to 15.

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