Injury makes Taskin’s wait longer


A side injury extended the woes of pace bowler Taskin Ahmed as the Bangladesh Cricket Board physicians gave him two-week rest denying him a place in the Bangladesh Twenty20 side and Bangladesh A team for Sri Lanka tour.

Taskin was part of Bangladesh’s one-off Test squad against Afghanistan in Chattogram but did not play the game.

Taskin’s continuous absence in representative teams raised quite a few eyebrows as he did not play competitive game in recent days. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin recently expressed his annoyance at Taskin, saying that he picked up a habit of getting injured even when he stayed in home comfort.

It was learnt that Taskin picked up his latest injury during a practice session on the sideline of the Test match in Chattogram, which made his wait for national comeback longer.

National team physiotherapist Julian Calefato gave him two-week rest after seeing his MRI report following the latest injury which prompted the selectors not to consider him in the Bangladesh squad for the ongoing tri-nation Twenty20 series.

‘He will take a two-week rest and after that we will assess his condition,’ BCB’s chief physician Debashis Chowdhury told New Age on Wednesday.

‘It has been troubling him again and again and it may be the third time he sustained the injury,’ he added.

Injuries have been a major concern for Taskin in his five years stop-and-start international career.

Taskin exhibited great pace-bowling prowess in the last edition of the Bangladesh Premier League earlier this year where he took 22 wickets for Sylhet Sixers, second highest in the tournament, and was rewarded with a national call-back for the New Zealand tour.

But he sustained an ankle injury while playing his side’s last match in the tournament and since then failed to make his way to the national team, despite being named in the squad on quite a few occasions.

Taskin said he was disappointed with the frequent injuries but had set his sights on making a return to the national team in the India tour through his performances in the forthcoming National Cricket League.

‘In my whole career, I have sustained side strain injury thrice,’ Taskin told New Age.

‘Obviously it’s disappointing. But injury is part of a pacers’ life and I have to also admit it. I am trying to make myself a lot fitter than previous times.

‘We have domestic matches before the India series. I will try to play well in the National Cricket League once I recover from the injury and hopefully I will get called up to the national team. At the end of the day my target is simple, to play in the Bangladesh national team,’ he added.

Bangladesh are scheduled to tour India for three Twenty20 internationals and two Tests in November and their domestic session will start in mid October.

Taskin last represented Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 match in the Nidahas trophy last year.