Bangladesh fast bowler Nazmul Hossain out of one-day series after injuring left knee in training.
Pace bowler Nazmul Hossain has been ruled out of the ODI series in Sri Lanka just a day before the first match is due to start in Hambantota on Saturday.
Nazmul twisted his left knee whilst trying to avoid a ball hit back at him by Ziaur Rahman in a net session on Wednesday.
The bowler was treated for his injury in the build-up to the first 50-over match but the Bangladesh medical staff decided that he would not recover in time to play any part in the three match series.
The one-day side will now be without three of their best pace bowlers, with Mashrafe Mortaza out with an ankle injury and Shafiul Islam struggling with a side strain.
Nazmul has not played for Bangladesh in any form of the game since March last year, when he was last sidelined with a similar knee injury.
With conditions in Hambantota believed to favour the quicker bowler the Bangladeshis may have cause for concern, with Rubel Hossain and Abul Hasan their only current pace options.
A replacement for Nazmul will be looked for but the tourists have no time to get someone into the team before the first ODI.
Rahman is also a seam option for Bangladesh although he is yet to play a one-day fixture for his country. However, Nazmul’s injury could leave captain Mushfiqur Rahim with no choice.
Positive news for the visitors is that they have batsman Tamim Iqbal back in the ODI squad after missing the Test series through injury.