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Mohammad Saifuddin’s back injury puts his WC participation under jeopardy

“The 22-year-old bowling all-rounder was rested from the recent game against the Windies after feeling some pain in his back.”

Bangladeshi seam bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin’s recent back injury has put the Tigers in a difficult concerning situation. Most importantly, the injury has put some serious doubts over Saifuddin’s participation in the upcoming World Cup. According to reports, it was revealed that the pacer was having a pain in the back, which is why he was also rested from the recent game against the Windies on Monday (May 13) in the ongoing tri-series. The Windies team has already made it to the finals, while Bangladesh also sealed their place in the final of the tri-series after the recent five-wicket win against West Indies.

In Saifuddin’s absence, Abu Jayed was part of the playing XI in the game against Windies, but he failed to impress in his debut outing, returning wicketless and also gave away a total of 56 runs in nine overs. Both Jayed and Saifuddin are part of the Bangladesh 15-member squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

Abu Jayed was seen working with bowling coach Courtney Walsh before the game. On the other hand, Saifuddin was spending some time with the physio to discuss about his injury issues. "Saifuddin is having some kind of pain in the back and we don't want to take any risk with him and so we are considering him to make his debut against West Indies," Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying before the match against Windies.

Saifuddin made his international debut in 2017 and has played in 11 ODIs and nine T20Is so far, taking 14 wickets and scoring a half-century as well.

Saifuddin’s injury could also open the door for Jayed for the selectors are also looking at including 32-ODI veteran Taskin Ahmed in the squad replacing the former. BCB president Nazmul Hasan though said that the final decision will be taken only after giving Jayed a proper chance. “It would be unfair to change Jayed without giving enough opportunities,” Hasan was quoted a few days ago.