Due to his knee injury, Bangladesh pace bowler Ebadot Hossain will miss the 2023 World Cup, a Bangladesh Cricket Board official announced on Wednesday. According to prior reports, Ebadot is running out of time to be well in time for the World Cup and has been eliminated from the competition due to the need for a knee procedure.
“Ebadot won’t be available for us during the World Cup,” BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin said on Wednesday. “It’s a major setback for us because he needs a knee procedure. We cannot consider him for the World Cup since he will undoubtedly need time to recover after the operation—at least three to four months,” he stated.
Ebadot was hurt during the ODI series against Afghanistan last month, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Tanzim Sakib took his position for the Asia Cup in lieu of the 29-year-old bowler, who has played for Bangladesh in 12 ODIs since making his 50-over debut last year. Shakib al Hasan, the ODI captain for Bangladesh, and head coach Chandika Hathurusingha were sad to lose Ebadot.
At the pre-series news conference in Dhaka on August 26, Shakib had told reporters, “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.”
“Ebadot, who was the fastest of the five fast bowlers we used in the most recent series, is one of our impact bowlers. So, it’s a significant loss, and finding a replacement right soon will be difficult, said Hathurusingha during the news conference they both attended.
The bowling attack’s dynamics are altered by Ebadot’s absence. Previously, he would bowl the middle overs so Taskin Ahmed could utilize the fresh ball. It is still unclear how Taskin will fit in that role, although Ebadot’s pace was a key factor in his success in the middle overs. Given that he is more effective at the beginning and end of the innings, Hasan Mahmud is not the ideal option to bowl in the middle.
The other replacements for Ebadot besides Taskin are Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam, but only time will tell if they will be as successful.