Big blow for Bangladesh as Saifuddin ruled of T20 WC, Robel replaces him

Bangladesh fast bowler Mohammad Saifuddin was ruled out of the T20 World Cup on Tuesday because of a back injury and was replaced by Robel Hossain.

Saifuddin, a 24-year-old right-arm fast bowler, took four wickets in three qualifying games and picked up 1-38 in Bangladesh’s opening Group 2 game against Sri Lanka in the Super 12s.

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by five wickets on Sunday after successfully chasing down the target of 172 with seven balls remaining.

The ICC said its technical committee has approved Robel as Saifuddin’s replacement. Robel has played 28 T20s for Bangladesh and is with the team in the United Arab Emirates as a travelling reserve.

Sri Lanka will take on England in its next group game on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.