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Bangladesh bowling crisis deepens with Rubel injury

cricket Updated: Aug 11, 2009 13:54 IST
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Bangladesh's depleted bowling attack received another injury blow when paceman Rubel Hossain was ruled out of the reminder of the one-day series against Zimbabwe with a side strain on Tuesday.

Rubel is the third senior Bangladeshi bowler to be struck down through injury since the side departed for back-to-back tours in the West Indies and Zimbabwe in June.

Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak have already returned home and were replaced by Nazmul Hossain and Enamul Haque Jr respectively for the Zimbabwe series.

Mortaza fell awkwardly while bowling on the third day of the first test against West Indies at St Vincent last month, where he limped off the field and has been sidelined since.

The paceman underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on both knees in Melbourne on Monday but will be out of action for at least six more weeks.

Razzak was ruled out of Zimbabwe series after picking up a hamstring problem while batting in the third one-day international against the West Indies at St Kitts.

Two days later, Rubel suffered a side strain during the only Twenty20 International of that series. He travelled with the team to Zimbabwe but did not play.

Right-arm pacer Dollar Mahmud has been recalled to replace Rubel, who will return home.

Bangladesh lead the five-match series 1-0 after an eight-wicket victory in the first match at Bulawayo on Sunday.