Tom Abell has been ruled out of England’s upcoming tour to Bangladesh with a side strain, denying him the chance to win his first international cap.
Abell, the Somerset captain who bats in the middle order, strained his left side while bowling the first ball of his third over in England Lions’ victory over Sri Lanka A in Colombo on Wednesday.
He did not complete his over, and was unused as a batter in the run chase as Lions secured a four-wicket win. A scan on Thursday confirmed the injury, with Abell to return home shortly to begin his recovery.
Andy Hurry, Abell’s director of cricket at Somerset, said: “Obviously, we are all extremely disappointed for Tom. He has shown over a number of seasons the quality of player he is, and picking up an injury at this time is incredibly frustrating for him. We will focus now on ensuring he receives all the appropriate support he needs during a period of rehabilitation through to him returning to play.”
England initially named 15-man squads for both the T20I and ODI legs of the tour, which runs from March 1-14, but said on Thursday that they would not name a replacement for Abell.
However, ESPNcricinfo understands that Will Jacks – who is only in the T20I squad – could travel to Bangladesh early and arrive in time for the ODI series if he is not selected for the second Test in New Zealand.
Several potential replacements such as Sam Billings, Alex Hales and Liam Dawson had previously ruled themselves out of the tour, instead opting to fulfil their respective contracts in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.
Abell’s name did not feature among Birmingham Phoenix’s retained players when the ECB confirmed player movements in the Hundred on Thursday, but ESPNcricinfo understands Welsh Fire are instead considering signing him as captain in next month’s draft.
England arrive in Dhaka next Friday ahead of the first ODI on March 1. The three ODIs are part of the ICC’s Super League, though both teams have already secured qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
ODI squad: Jos Buttler (capt & wk), Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood
T20I squad: Ben Duckett, Will Jacks and Chris Jordan replace Saqib Mahmood, Jason Roy and James Vince.