Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo March 14, 2017

Liton Das out of second Test, Mushfiqur set to keep wicket

Liton Das was hit on the ribcage during training on Monday © AFP

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Liton Das has been ruled out of the Colombo Test after suffering a rib injury during nets on Monday. Mushfiqur Rahim is set to take up the wicketkeeping gloves.

Liton was hit on the ribcage by a net bowler at the P Sara Oval during nets on Monday. He continued to bat but missed training on Tuesday, on the eve of the second Test, although the session was optional for the Bangladesh team. Scans later confirmed a small fracture.

Liton had made a return to the Bangladesh Test XI in the Galle Test, the first of the two-match series, after a 21-month layoff from the format. He had scores of 5 and 35 in the first Test, and held two catches behind the stumps. He took over the gloves from captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who was asked by the team management to play solely as a batsman higher up the order before the two-match series.

Overall, Liton has played four Tests, scoring 137 runs and has taken five catches.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • javedr1392959 on March 15, 2017, 22:23 GMT

    Why are there so many critical comments here ? He was out, and will be back again. Its not as if he is a pace express that we are terrified of losing him permanently. And why does he have to mimic Mushy's performance to justify he's inclusion. As long as he is in par or a shade lower in batting than Shabbir, his inclusion and the strategy, is justified. IN MY MIND, the only debate is whether it should be him or Sohan (the other WK candidate who played in NZ). Liton's long term batting curve probably gives him the edge.

  • hussyy on March 15, 2017, 0:04 GMT

    Story of bangladesh cricket!! I swear like every time bd gets a decent player that seems promising then quickly injury gets them out of the scene and bd ends up with the same old team all over again!! Not saying Liton is the best but he's way better behind wicket than Mushy

  • Shabbir on March 14, 2017, 19:57 GMT

    Well - after the blip, Normality resumes for BD. I'm am not sure if the experiment worked or not. As a Wicket keeper Mushi came into bat lower down the order and had to play a lone innings with everybody crumbling around him. Against SL, he was higher up the order playing a lone innings with everybody else crumbling around him! Das did ok as a wicketkeeper and got out early in the first innings and stuck around the 2nd for a 50 (kind of like Sabbir Rehman) - not sure if we gained anything.

  • Sammy K on March 14, 2017, 19:10 GMT

    Mushy is now Bangla's best batsman. He bats with courage, skill and determination. If the others played even half as well as he did, the team would have been in much better shape. However he is the worst keeper in cricket today. Her misses catches, easy stumping all the time. That could ruin one's chances on a given day. Let him play as a batsman and a very talkative captain only.

  • yadava5614172 on March 14, 2017, 19:02 GMT

    Liton is good player he actually should be batting in middle order but since he is injured again rahim will keep wkts which may force him to play in lower order due to work load which is not good for team......btw don't drop mominul haque

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