Bangladesh Test pacer Khaled to undergo surgery for knee injury

Publish: 8:57 PM, June 12, 2019 | Update: 8:57:PM, June 12, 2019

DHAKA, – Khaled Ahmed, a young pacer considered for Test cricket only as of now, will go under the knife as he had damaged his
left knee while training with a BCB elite camp during the Eid-ul-Fitr break.

Khaled has so far played two Test matches for Bangladesh and is
considered a big prospect for country’s cricket in the longer version format.

He was training with selected other players in special elite camp
arranged by BCB to keep the players in cricket when Bangladesh national team
is playing the World Cup.

Khaled however had done an MRI after which the BCB officials said that
the report suggested that he had damaged his meniscus to an extent that
surgery will be required and it will take at least three to four months to
recover fully. ”As per the MRI report Khaled had damaged his meniscus of the
left knee to an extent that there is no alternative but for a surgery,”
BCB’s physio Bayjedul Islam said.

”He will be out for at least three to four months after completing the
surgery,” he added.

It can be considered a huge blow as he was front runner to feature in
the four-day matches against Afghanistan A. Bangladesh A team will host
Afghanistan A for a series comprising with two four-day matches followed by
five 50-over matches from July 5.

Khaled admitted that he is disappointed with the present state of
affair. ”I was watching a World Cup game of Bangladesh at my home and
suddenly I felt like muscle cramp. I tried to move my leg quickly in order to
free my muscle and unexpectedly hurt myself,” Khaled said in a disappointing
tone.

Khaled made his debut against Zimbabwe in 2018 while he played his last
Test at Hamilton in New Zealand in February 2019.

”It’s a huge blow as we wanted to prepare him for the upcoming Test
series by providing him a platform to bowl longer spells during the four day
matches against Afghanistan A,” said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.

Bangladesh will visit India for a series comprising with two Test
matches and three T20 Internationals in next November.