The opening Test between Bangladesh and West Indies is set to get underway on Thursday, June 16 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua.
Yasir Ali Chowdhury. Courtesy: Bangladesh Cricket Twitter
- Chowdhury sustained the injury against Cricket West Indies President’s XI
- Chowdhury has played five Tests thus far
- The opening Test will get underway on June 16
Right-handed batter Yasir Ali Chowdhury has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series between Bangladesh and West Indies. The 26-year-old sustained a back injury and won’t be able to gain the desired fitness levels before the start of the red-ball matches.
Chowdhury was set to play the opening Test after Mushfiqur Rahim decided to skip the series to perform Haji. On Saturday, June 10, Chowdhury retired hurt during the match against Cricket West Indies President’s XI at CCG.
He was batting on 12 when he complained of discomfort in his back. Thereafter, an MRI scan revealed that Chowdhury had Discogenic Back Pain in the Lumbar spine. He didn’t take further part in the match.
“Recovery from such injuries takes about two to three weeks time. Therefore, he will not be available for the Test series,” Bayjedul Islam, the Bangladesh team physiotherapist, was quoted as saying in a statement.
In five Test matches, Chowdhury has scored 196 runs at an average of 24.50 and a strike rate of 47.22 with one half-century to show for his efforts. He made his Test debut against Pakistan back in November 2021 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. He has also taken part in six Tests, scoring 53 runs at an average of 13.25 with a top score of 50.
The two-match Test series is set to get underway on Thursday, June 16 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. The Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet in St Lucia will host the second and final Test.