Taskin Ahmed's injury misery has continued as the right-arm pacer's New Zealand tour is all but over after he suffered an ankle injury on Friday during the Sylhet Sixers' last group match against Chittagong Vikings at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
The 23-year-old returned to the national fold for the upcoming tour after suffering lengthy spells on the sidelines due to injury but chief selector Minhajul Abedin informed yesterday that the selectors were set to announce Taskin's replacement today as the latest injury might set Taskin back quite a bit.
"He [Taskin] has a very slim chance to be fit for the New Zealand series, so hopefully we will announce his replacement tomorrow [Sunday]," said Minhajul yesterday.
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief physician Debashish Chowdhury added: "The scans were done today and we will get the report tomorrow [Sunday] and only then can we tell you about the exact gravity of the injury and how much recovery time he will need. But the initial idea we have is that his recovery will take a considerable amount of time as his condition is not good at all," he informed.
Taskin, who had hobbled out of the ground on Friday after twisting his ankle while attempting a catch, was in a good vein of form recently, becoming the highest wicket-taker in the BPL with 22 wickets even as Sylhet were unable to make the playoffs.
Pacers Shafiul Islam and Ebadat Hossain are likely candidates to be included in the squad for the New Zealand tour if Taskin is unable to make it. Bangladesh begin their series against New Zealand with the first ODI on Feb 13.