Mehidy ruled out due to finger injury

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Bangladesh received a huge blow ahead of the opening match of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka as their main spinner Mehidy Hasan was ruled out due to a finger injury. Nayeem Hasan is set to replace Mehidy in the squad.

It is also understood that the chances of Mehidy playing the second Test are slim. Cricbuzz had earlier reported that Mehidy sustained the injury on the day the national selection panel announced the 16-member squad.

”He (Mehidy) is definitely ruled out from the opening Test due to a hairline injury, while he is also doubtful for the second Test,” Habibul Bashar, a member of the national selection panel, said.

Mehidy, who was representing Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League, hurt his index finger while completing a catch of Tamim Iqbal during their match against Prime Bank Cricketers Club at the BKSP on 24 April.

Abu Jayed expresses disappointment after exclusion

Meanwhile, Abu Jayed, Bangladesh’s out of favour Test pacer, feels that his exclusion from the 16-member squad for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka has got nothing to do with his form.

Members of the national selection panel claimed that they wanted to pick bowlers with raw pace instead of medium fast bowlers, as they feel there is a need for an injection of pace in their set-up in order to thrive both home and away.

Jayed turned out to be a familiar name in the Bangladesh Test squad over the last few years with his prowess at swinging the ball, but that hardly worked for him in the recent past, and as a result, he failed to make the cut for the Sri Lanka series at home with the selectors opting for uncapped Rejaur Rahman.

Jayed also didn’t get an opportunity to play in New Zealand and South Africa despite getting picked in both squads. Bangladesh’s decision to include pace bowler Khaled Ahmed instead of the experienced Jayed in the opening Test match against South Africa gave the impression that time is running out for the seasoned campaigner even though Shoriful Islam was ruled out of the game. Even Taskin Ahmed’s injury ahead of the second game didn’t land him an opportunity.

“I’ve taken 10 wickets in the last two Tests in Mirpur with this pace. I don’t think pace bowling is the issue here. There can be another story in this matter,” a frustrated Jayed told Cricbuzz on Monday.

“I’ve taken 34 (30) wickets in 13 matches with this pace. I don’t understand from where this realization has suddenly appeared,” he said. “Only pace can’t work nowadays, swing is also needed. During our stint at the Gary Kirsten Cricket Academy (in Cape Town), one of the pace bowling coaches told us that I don’t need to bowl fast. If I can swing the ball and bowl at 130 kmph speed, it can be as good as 140 kmph,” he added.

(Cricbuzz)