Hardik Pandya ends Shoriful Islam’s T20 World Cup 2024 campaign before it begins

Shoriful Islam

Bangladesh pacer Shoriful Islam is highly doubtful to feature in his team’s opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 against Sri Lanka.

Shoriful Islam is among the four frontline leaders along with Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Tanzim Shakib who have arrived in the US for the World Cup. All of them were in action yesterday during Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup warm-up match against Rohit Sharma’s India team at the Nassau County Stadium in New York.

The Bangladesh bowling line-up had done very well initially to restrict the Indian team, but towards the end of the innings, the situation changed. Shoriful Islam had a decent outing with the ball, but his decent afternoon was cut short after he was carried off the field. After his departure, the opposing team recorded 183 runs as a target.

Why was Shoriful Islam taken off the field?

During the last over of his quota of 4 overs, Shoriful Islam was hit by the ball on the palm of his left hand. In the penultimate delivery of the over, Hardik Pandya had bowled the ball straight towards Shoriful with all his might. While trying to stop the ball, the Bangladeshi pacer received a brutal blow on his left palm.

The first look of the replay didn’t look so good as there was obvious swelling on Shoriful Islam’s hand with the outside torn and bleeding. The medical team was quickly called and one of the staff members held the bleeding area tightly as the player walked towards the locker room.

It was a big blow for Najmul Hossain Shanto’s team, which was expecting Shoriful Islam to lead the bowling attack with Mustafizur Rahman. Islam had left the field without playing the final and was taken directly to a nearby hospital.

The bowler reportedly received six stitches on his left hand and will not be able to attend any networking sessions for the next few days. It is said that the injury will take at least a week to fully recover. His left palm swelled immediately after sustaining the blow with the area between his palm and index finger receiving six stitches.

If that injury takes a week to recover, Shoriful Islam will not be able to participate in Bangladesh’s first T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka. The Bangla Tigers will take on the Lanka Lions on June 8 at the Dallas Stadium. If Shoriful does not recover in time, the team management will have to choose between their two fast bowling reserves.

Hasan Mahmud could be the one who gets the call from the bench to participate in the match against Lanka. But before he was sacked, Shoriful Islam had exceptional figures of 1/26.

Bangladesh T20 World Cup 2024 schedule

Date Fixture Time Venue Saturday, June 8 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 6:00 pm (IST) Grand Prairie Stadium Monday, June 10 Bangladesh vs South Africa 8:00 pm (IST) Nassau County Stadium Thursday, June 13 Bangladesh vs Netherlands 8: 00 PM (IST) Arnos Vale Stadium Monday, June 17 Bangladesh Vs Nepal 5:00 am (IST) Arnos Vale Stadium