India A left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed has been ruled out of the ongoing A-team tour of New Zealand after fracturing his left wrist. Ahmed fractured the scaphoid bone in his left wrist during India A’s first one-day match against New Zealand A at Lincoln on January 22. India A went on to win the match by five wickets.
The southpaw pacer had scalped two wickets and conceded 46 runs in the eight overs he bowled in the first ODI. The left-arm fast bowler then went on to miss the second match which New Zealand A won by 29 runs. Hence, Ahmed will head back home and start his rehab at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, confirmed a BCCI release on Saturday.
Ahmed will look to make a solid comeback.
“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.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not named any replacement for the southpaw pacer. Khaleel has thus far played 11 One Day Internationals and 14 T20Is for the Indian team but he is currently out of the national team. Ahmed last played in the national colors back in November 2019 in the T20I series against Bangladesh.
The Rajasthan-born pacer has taken 15 wickets in the 50-overs version whereas he has taken 13 wickets in the shortest format of the game. Ahmed has also played 10 Indian Premier League matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 22-year old fast bowler has taken 19 wickets in the Twenty20 tourney. Thus, Khaleel will look to make a solid comeback after recuperating from the injury.
India A will next take on New Zealand A in the third match of the five-match series on Sunday with the series tied at 1-1.