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Chief selector Abedin confirms that both players will return to Bangladesh on April 5

Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam will both return home after the Durban Test due to their injuries, the BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin has said.

Taskin, who bowled five overs on the fourth afternoon of the first Test against South Africa and got the big wicket of Dean Elgar, walked off holding his sore right shoulder. Taskin had already been carrying the injury from South Africa’s first innings, which prevented him from bowling on the third evening, and for most of the fourth morning.

According to Abedin, both Taskin and Shoriful will return to Bangladesh on April 5.

“Taskin and Shoriful are coming home after this Test match,” Abedin told ESPNcricinfo shortly before Taskin bowled his first over. “We will take a look at them when they are back. We are trying to find out how Taskin got injured. We have four fast bowlers remaining in the squad. So we are covered.”

Shohidul Islam and Abu Jayed are the other two fast bowlers in the squad.

Shoriful was ruled out of the first Test, which head coach Russell Domingo had explained was due to multiple injuries, including an ankle niggle.

Taskin was the Player of the Series in Bangladesh’s 2-1 ODI series win against South Africa last month. He took eight wickets, including a five-for in the third game. Taskin has been Bangladesh’s pace spearhead in all three formats, so his absence will be a major blow to the visitors for the remainder of the series.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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