Newcomers Rajshahi Kings received a blow as their pace bowler Ebadat Hossain is all but certain to miss the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League due to side strain on his right side.
Ebadat was also picked in the 20-member Bangladesh squad that will visit Australia and New Zealand ahead of their New Zealand series late in next month.
Ebadat is one of the two players picked under the development programme in the squad along with batsman Nazmul Hossain as developing prospect, though they are not officially a part of the squad.
‘He received a grade two tear,’ national physio Baizidul Islam told New Age on Saturday
‘It can take three to four weeks to recover,’ he said.
Ebadat, who is yet to play in any leading competitive domestic tournament, drew the attention after he managed to show his potential in the Robi pace bowler talent hunt programme.
Ebadat had joined the Bangladesh Air Force as a volleyball player in 2012 before his life transformed totally by earning the attention in the hunting programme that prompted BCB to put him in the High Performance programme of 2016.
He also played against England in the warm-up matches and put up an impressive show.
As a result he was with the national team during the preparation against England and sustained the strain while bowling in the nets on October 23.
‘Please pray for me,’ said an emotional Ebadat at the doorsteps of the academy premises after he was advised to focus only on his rehabilitation.
‘I don’t know when I will be able to start bowling again,’ he said.
It was learnt team management is considering Kamrul Islam as a replacement of Ebadat in the development category to tour Australia and New Zealand.
Bangladesh will leave home on December 9 and 10 in two phases to make a pre-New Zealand series camp in Australia’s Sydney.
They will also play two Twenty20 matches against Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunders, respectively on December 14 and 16, as part of their preparation for the New Zealand series.
Bangladesh will play three ODIs, two Tests and as many Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand from December 26 to January 24.
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