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Shadman Islam uncertain for first Test against Pakistan
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Shadman Islam uncertain for first Test against Pakistan

Bangladesh opening batsman Shadman Islam may be forced to miss the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi due to his lingering wrist injury.

Shadman sustained the injury a few months back but was able to represent his team in the two-match Test series in India.

He could not offer much resistance with the bat, managing a paltry sum of 41 runs in four innings as Bangladesh crashed to successive innings defeats.

The wrist problem resurfaced following the India tour as he could turn out for Rangpur Rangers in only two games across the Bangabandhu BPL.

Shadman's recovery process is currently being monitored by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, who will announce the Test squad for the Rawalpindi clash soon.

The 24-year-old batter was cautioned against playing in the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), the country's franchise-based first-class tournament.

BCB chief physician Debashis Chowdhury feared indulging in cricket action might aggravate Shadman's injury.

"We asked Shadman not to play in the BCL as he had been suffering from a wrist injury for quite some time," Chowdhury told New Age.

"This is an old injury. When he tries to bat, his pain gets increased. So we advised an injection for him and gave him one week's rest. Due to this, we also informed the authorities not to consider him for the first-round match of BCL.

"He took the injection today. After two to three days, we will assess his condition again. We can decide whether he will be available for the Pakistan Test after observing his situation a few days later."

Chowdhury also spoke on the issue of recouping fitness for the longer format. "Such kind of injury is manageable for shorter matches but it gets tough when someone plays in longer format matches," he added.

In addition to Shadman, Bangladesh are facing the challenge of Imrul Kayes' hamstring injury, owing to which he will not play in his side's BCL match this week.

The first game of the two-Test series against Pakistan is scheduled to commence on February 7.