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Bangladesh tour of New Zealand

Ankle injury rules Taskin Ahmed out of New Zealand tour

Bangladesh suffered a blow ahead of their New Zealand tour after pace bowler Taskin Ahmed was ruled out of the series with an ankle injury.

Taskin was recalled into the Test and ODI squads after an impressive show for the Sylhet Sixers in the Bangladesh Premier League.

He was the competition's leading wicket-taker with 22 scalps until an injury against Chittagong Vikings on Friday.

"Taskin tore a ligament in his left ankle. He will be in complete rest for three weeks and then we will review his situation," Bangladesh Cricket Board physician Debashish Chowdhury told AFP.

"He is definitely ruled out of the New Zealand tournament as this kind of injury usually takes a long time to heal," he added.

Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said a replacement for Ahmed had not yet been decided.

Bangladesh will play three ODIs and three Test matches in New Zealand between February 13 and March 20.