Indian pace contingent suffered one more body blow when left arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed got injured representing India A in their first One-day match against New Zealand. The rookie pacer has been ruled out of India A’s tour to New Zealand with a fractured wrist on Saturday. According to the reports after the scan, Khaleel has fractured the scaphoid bone in his left wrist during first One-day match at Lincoln on January 22.
“His hand has been placed in a plaster cast and the left-arm fast bowler has been ruled out of the remainder of India A’s tour. NCA will manage his rehabilitation,” said BCCI in a release. The BCCI, however, did not name any replacement for the fast bowler.
Now Khaleel Ahmed will head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) at Bengaluru for rehabilitation process. Khaleel was in good form in the current series as the speedster took 2 wickets for just 46 runs in 8 overs in the first One-day match between the two teams. The pacer did not take part in the second One-Day and India went on to lose the match by 29 runs.
He was touted as the next big thing in the Indian pace bowling departmentspecially as a Left arm fast bowler but even after a good run along with the national team last year he could not make the spot his own. Khaleel Ahmed has played 11 ODIs and 14 T20Is for India before he run out of favour from the Indian team management.
Khaleel Ahmed was also dropped from the central contract list by the BCCI this year. He was one of the four player that were omitted from the contract list. The left arm bowler needs to put in more effort and quality performances to earn a recall from the national team in the near future.