Shoriful out of SL Tests after injury
Bangladesh pacer Shoriful Islam has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka following the injury he suffered during Bangladesh's first innings. An X-ray has confirmed a fracture which could keep him out of action for around four to five weeks, a BCB media release said later today.
Shoriful was out retired out yesterday after pacer Kasun Rajitha's short delivery hit him on the gloves in his right hand. Bangladesh were forced to declare their innings at 465 following the injury. Rajitha, who bagged four wickets in the first innings, was brought in as a concussion sub for Vishwa Fernando. It was a Shoriful bouncer on the second day of the first Test that hit Fernando in the helmet which eventually led to the Sri Lankan being subbed out as precaution.
Bangladesh are one bowler short on the crucial fifth day of the Chattogram Test as Shoriful cannot be replaced. Shoriful gloved a short delivery from Rajitha in the 167th over of the Bangladesh innings and looked in some discomfort. He was attended to by physio Bayjedul Islam as play was halted for a period. Shoriful batted for a few more overs before Bangladesh declared. Shoriful did not bowl in Sri Lanka's second innings.
Physio Bayjedul said: "Shoriful Islam had a contusion of the right hand while batting. After the fourth day's play an X-ray was carried out which has revealed a fracture on the base of the 5th metacarpal bone. Such injuries tend to take around three weeks to heal followed by a couple of week's rehab. He will not be available to play for four to five weeks."