World Cup 2023: Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed uncertain for South Africa clash due to shoulder injury
World Cup 2023: Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed is set to miss Bangladesh's upcoming match against South Africa on Tuesday at Wankhede Stadium.
Taskin Ahmed is set to miss Bangladesh's World Cup 2023 match against South Africa on Tuesday, October 24 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The speedster missed the match against India due to a shoulder injury and is yet to regain fitness. Hasan Mahmud played against the Men in Blue and is likely going to play in the next game as well in the absence of Taskin.
The Tigers also have Tanzim Hasan Sakib as one of the options in the fast-bowling department.
"Let us see what happens today (in the practice session) but he looks doubtful for the next game against South Africa as he is yet to recover fully," a member of the team management was quoted as saying on Cricbuzz.
Taskin Ahmed has grown leaps and bounds under fast bowling coach Allan Donald, but has struggled with his pace and lengths in World Cup 2023.
Bangladesh, in the meantime, is hopeful that Taskin will return for the matches in Kolkata. The Tigers are scheduled to lock horns with the Netherlands and Pakistan at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday, October 31 respectively.
"Even if we don't get him (Taskin) against South Africa, we are expecting him to be available when we start our campaign in Kolkata," he added.
Bangladesh started their campaign with a win over Hashmatullah Shahid's Afghanistan. But since then, they have lost three matches in a row against England, New Zealand and India respectively.
With two points and a net run rate of -0.784 thanks to wins in one out of four matches. Having beaten the Proteas in 2007 and 2019, Bangladesh will be looking to put in another strong showing against their upcoming opponent.