Bangladesh pacer Ebadot Hossain ruled out of ODI World Cup 2023 due to injury

In a disappointing turn of events, Bangladesh pacer Ebadot Hossain will be unable to participate in the much-anticipated 2023 ODI World Cup, set to take place in India during October-November. This setback stems from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury sustained by Ebadot during a recent ODI series against Afghanistan. Although he initially embarked on a six-week rehabilitation journey, it became evident that more extensive treatment was required.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has officially confirmed that Ebadot will undergo an operation to address his ACL injury, rendering him unavailable for the entirety of the World Cup. Minhajul Abedin, the BCB chief selector, emphasized the importance of allowing Ebadot ample time for recovery rather than rushing his return, acknowledging the substantial blow his absence represents for the team.

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“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,” Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz.

Ebadot Hossain's injury is a big blow to Bangladesh's World Cup 2023 hopes

Ebadot's absence from the squad also extended to the Asia Cup 2023, where he was initially named in the 17-member lineup. However, owing to his injury, the BCB had to make the regrettable decision to withdraw him from the tournament. The management promptly announced the inclusion of uncapped player Tanzim Hasan Sakib as Ebadot's replacement. 

Ebadot is currently undergoing the necessary operation in the United Kingdom, according to Dr. Debashish Chowdhury, the BCB's chief physician. Following the surgery, a meticulous rehabilitation plan will be devised, although it is expected to take several months for Ebadot to make a full recovery and return to competitive cricket.

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The 29-year-old has impressive numbers in ODIs. In the 12 matches he has played for Bangladesh, Ebadot has picked up 22 wickets at an average of 22.90. He Regis his best bowling figures of 4/42 against Ireland in Sylhet earlier this year in March. 

This setback comes as Bangladesh prepares to kickstart their Asia Cup campaign against co-hosts Sri Lanka on August 31 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. The absence of Ebadot Hossain is undoubtedly a significant loss for the Bangladesh team, but they will undoubtedly continue to strive for success in his absence.

Prasenjit Dey

Prasenjit Dey

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