The 24-year-old speedster reportedly suffered the injury during the first day of the warm-up match between England’s county team and India.
Emerging pacer Avesh Khan will not be taking any further part in the three-day warm-up game which is being held between India and County Select XI at the Emirates Riverside in Durham, stated BCCI on Wednesday. This shocker of news appears to be an aftermath of an event that occurred when Avesh Khan was bowling his 10th over for the County Select XI.
The fifth ball of Avesh’s over was driven down the ground by Indian incumbent Hanuma Vihari when Avesh plucked out his left hand in a bid to stop the ball. While he did succeed in his attempt, the ball struck Avesh awkwardly, who was caught wincing in pain immediately. The youngster called for immediate medical attention and was taken off the field without completing his over. If reports are to be believed, Avesh now has a broken thumb which will take at least one month to heal. This means he can’t bowl for at least a month, after which his rehabilitation program might start.
“Fast bowler Avesh Khan remains under the observation of the BCCI Medical Team. He will not be taking any further part on Day 2 and Day 3 of the warm-up game.” the BCCI tweeted on Wednesday.
It is to be noted that both Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar were drafted into the County Select’s XI after James Bracey and Zak Chappell were ruled out of their starting eleven. While Bracey was isolated after coming in contact with a corona carrier, Zak Chappell suffered an injury on the eve of the encounter.
Avesh’s injury comes as a major setback for Indian cricket after Virat Kohli and Rahane were also deemed unfit for the warm-up game. The Indore-born speedster was taken for scans after suffering the meaty blow and is unlikely to take any further part on the England tour. Avesh was all set to be a replacement player or at least a net bowler for the Indian team, but it seems like he’ll have to wait a couple of months before getting another look-in by Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri.