India opener Shikhar Dhawan is set to stay back in England for the 2019 ICC World Cup while his thumb injury is monitored by the BCCI medical team.
The left-hander injured his thumb in India’s clash against Australia where he registered a fine century in his side’s 36-run win over the defending champions. Dhawan was struck early on his left thumb by a Pat Cummins delivery but continued to bat on for a 117-run knock.
Reports started to emerge on Tuesday that the India man had fractured his thumb with his participation for the remainder of the tournament in serious doubt. Now, the BCCI has confirmed that the opener will stay back in England where his injury will be continuously assessed.
“Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored,” a BCCI statement said.
Team India opening batsman Mr Shikhar Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Mr Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored. #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8f1RelCsXf— BCCI (@BCCI) June 11, 2019
No replacement player has been named for Dhawan by the BCCI with the team management still clinging on to the hope that the batsman could recover in time for the business end of the World Cup.
Once replaced, Dhawan can only return to the World Cup squad if another player is ruled out due to an injury.
India are set to take on New Zealand in their next clash of the tournament on Thursday followed by a meeting against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 16. Dhawan is more than likely to miss both the matches as he continues to be assessed.
Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of the 2019 ICC World Cup clash against Pakistan on Wednesday with a side strain and is a doubt for the rest of the tournament.
Stoinis picked up the injury while bowling his fifth over in Australia’s 36-run defeat to India but did go on bowl a further two overs at the death. The all-rounder’s injury is now set to be assessed once again before Sunday’s clash against Sri Lanka following which a final decision is expected to be made by the Australian team management.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been flown in as cover for Stoinis as a precautionary move.
“Not exactly sure on how many games he’ll (Stoinis) miss,” Australia skipper Aaron Finch said on the eve of the Pakistan clash.
“That’s why Mitch is flying over. It’s still being assessed. And over the next couple of days we’ll have a clearer picture of what that looks like. Mitch was meant to fly over with the Australia A side on Friday.
“He’s just coming a couple of days early as a bit of precaution, if Stoinis doesn’t recover quick enough or doesn’t respond to treatment well enough over the next few days.”
The Aussies will now take a call on whether to play an extra batsman or bowler to replace Stoinis for the clash against Pakistan at Taunton on Wednesday.
“We’re going to have to juggle around especially that allrounder spot,” Finch said.
“We’ve got to find a few more overs now, whether we play the extra batter or extra bowler, we’ll wait and see, and especially tomorrow with the conditions.”
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his side were happy to share the points with Bangladesh but would rather have taken to the field after persistent heavy rain forced their World Cup group phase match to be abandoned without a ball being bowled at Bristol on Tuesday.
Both teams take a point each – Sri Lanka now have four from four games points, while Bangladesh have three points from four matches.
“Sometimes you might think if you share the points, it’s fine, but I think we don’t want to win our points freely. We want to play competitive cricket and win games and gain the points,” Karunaratne said.