Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque will require surgery for the thumb injury that forced him out of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, Bangladesh cricket Board chief physician Debashish Chowdhury said yesterday.
Mominul injured himself while playing for Gazi Group Chattogram against Gemcon Khulna at the Sher-e- Bangla National Stadium on November 28.
''He [Mominul] will need a surgery. We are yet to decide whether it will be done in the country or abroad, but sending him abroad is not easy at the moment. He needs the operation immediately so we are discussing whether we will do it here or abroad," said Debashish yesterday.
According to the physician, the medical team will be trying to get Mominul ready for the upcoming West Indies series scheduled for January.
"Certainly, he is ruled out of the ongoing tournament, but it is too early to comment about his availability for the West Indies series,'' he said.
West Indies are scheduled to tour in January next year to play three Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.
Meanwhile, there was some good news for Chattogram as their young Under-19 batsman Mahmudul Hasan will join the squad after recovering from coronavirus, having tested positive before the start of the tournament.
Chattogram are yet to decide on a replacement for Mominul, and according to Bangabandhu T20 Cup by-laws in case of any injury/illness/unavailability of any player, teams may request for replacements. The replacement player has to be of the same or lower grade and from the unsold players' list.
There have been murmurs that Mahsrafe Bin Mortaza, who is recovering from his hamstring injury, might be included in the Chattogram side as Mominul's replacement. However, it is still not certain whether the former Bangladesh skipper will be picked by Chattogram.
Young all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, who is recovering from an ankle injury, is expected to return for Minister Rajshahi in their next game tomorrow.