Shoriful Islam Cricketer
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Bangladesh pacer Shoriful Islam has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against South Africa as he has been sustaining niggles.

Bangladesh national team chief selector Minhajul Abedin told on Sunday that the 20-year-old is all set to return home on April 5 following the conclusion of the ongoing first Test against the Proteas at Kingsmead, Durban.

‘Shoriful Islam has been sustaining niggles that ruled him out in the series’ opener; therefore, he will return on April 5.’

That clearly indicates that the southpaw will miss the second Test of the series that starts on April 8 at Port Elizabeth.

He further added that Tiger express bowler Taskin Ahmed is also might miss the second Test as he has been sustaining an injury in his shoulder.

However, he will undergo medical tests before the day-4 play then the Bangladesh team management will decide if he will stay in South Africa or return home.

‘We are yet to be sure about Taskin Ahmed’s return on the same date with Shoriful Islam as he will undergo a medical check-up after the day-4 play due to his shoulder strain.’

Taskin Ahmed, who bowled five overs in the afternoon of the day-4 play of the first Test against the hosts, trapped their set batter Dean Elgar’s leg before 64-run and walked off holding his sore right shoulder.

Later he returned bowling the 58th over of the innings. Taskin had already been carrying the injury from South Africa’s first innings, which prevented him from bowling on the third evening, and for most of the fourth morning.

Taskin Ahmed, who took 5-35 on the third day of the three-match ODIs, helped the Tigers to earn a phenomenal 2-1 series against the Proteas for the first time at their den.

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