Bengal dasher Tiwary ruled out of Bangla one-dayers

Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:India batsman Manoj Tiwary has been ruled out of the one-day international series against Bangladesh after suffering a shoulder injury during the squad's first training session of the tour on Tuesday.

The uncapped middle-order batsman will miss the entire three-match series, starting in Dhaka on Thursday, after sustaining the injury when he fell awkwardly while fielding.

"It's not a very happy situation for Manoj. Unfortunately he won't be available for the series," Indian captain Rahul Dravid told a news conference on Wednesday.

India will also play two Test matches at the conclusion of the one-day series. The injury initially appeared to be just a minor one but after it flared up, Tiwary was forced out of the tour. "It's very disappointing for Manoj, obviously. But I hope he won't lose the heart as there is plenty of cricket ahead of us," Dravid added.

On whether a replacement would be sought, he said, ''Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar will come to Dhaka this evening. But I feel we have sufficient cover for Manoj. We will sit and discuss the matter.'' On how Tewari took this injury, Dravid said, ''He has reacted in a very matured manner for a 20-year-old. He is sad. But he is a tough kid and will bounce back.''

Piyush Chawla and Rudra Pratap Singh will sit out with Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary for the first ODI to be played 'morrow in Mirpur.

Hosts Bangladesh have injury concerns of their own with paceman Mashrafe Mortaza regarded as a doubt for the series opener due to a back complaint. "He has injury problem, but we are not sure how serious it is," Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar said.

"We will see how he is in the morning (on Thursday) before picking our starting eleven."


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