Bangladesh top-order batsman Saif Hassan has been ruled out for the second Test against India, scheduled to be held in Kolkata from Friday.
The reserve opener will have to sit out due to a split finger webbing, an injury he picked up while fielding as a substitute in the first Test.
The 20-year-old was selected for the tour on the back of a strong showing in the NCL and on an ‘A’ tour of Sri Lanka.
Hassanm who has made two hundreds and a fifty in his last four innings in October, averages 46.18 in 36 first-class matches since his debut in 2015.
“Medical Team is of the opinion that he will benefit from being rested to full recovery. Taking the state of injury into consideration, Saif has been ruled out of the second Test,” Bangladesh Cricket Board said in a release.
The injury comes at an unfortunate time for the Tigers as they succumbed to a harrowing defeat in the first Test at Indore against India by an innings and 130 runs.
Their top-order couldn’t cope with the incisive bowling by the Indian pace attack and their openers fell cheaply in both innings. Owing to Hasan’s injury, Bangladesh will now have to persist with Imrul Kayes and Shadman Islam at the top of the order.
The second and final Test of the series will be played on November 22 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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