In a massive blow for Bangladesh, pacer Ebadot Hossein has been ruled out of the upcoming World Cup 2023 due to a knee injury.
The star pacer is already missing the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 and has now been forced to sit out of another showpiece event.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector, Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Wednesday that “He (Ebadot) will not be available for us in the World Cup.”
“It’s a big blow for us as he will require an operation for his knee. Following the operation he will certainly take some time for rehabilitation purposes, at least three to four months, so we cannot consider him for the World Cup,” he added.
Notably, the star pacer suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury during last month’s ODI series against Afghanistan and is in need of an surgery for the injury.
The pacer was replaced by Tanzim Sakib for the Asia Cup 2023, however, for the World Cup there are plenty of options with the likes of Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shoriful Islam.
His ability to bowl at middle overs with sheer pace and controlled length, leaves him apart from others and the development left Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and ODI captain Shakib al Hasan disappointed.
The 29-year-old pacer has represented Bangladesh in 12 ODI matches scalping 22 wickets with an average of 5.6.
“It is very sad that Ebadot is not with us because he was an important part of our team, and taking that into consideration it is quite disappointing,” Shakib told reporters.
“Ebadot is one of our impact bowlers, the fastest bowler out of the five fast bowlers we played in the last few series. So, it’s a big loss, and to replace him straight away it’s a hard task,” added Hathurusingha.