Avesh Khan likely to be ruled out of England series

Although, Team India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has joined the team in Durham after testing negative for COVID-19.

Vaidehi Singh Editor

Updated - 22 July 2021 1:43 pm

Team India is all set to begin their five-match Test series against the Three Lions next month. However, amidst all this, the Men in Blue have received a major blow. Star pacer Avesh Khan is likely to be ruled out of the entire Test series after sustaining a thumb injury.

Avesh Khan suffers fracture in left thumb, likely to be sidelined

The Madhya Pradesh bowler has notably suffered a fracture in the left thumb. Khan sustained this injury during the opening day of the warm-up match between India and the County XI at the Chester-le-Street in Durham on Tuesday.

Khan was playing for the County XI after players were left out owing to mandatory isolation after positive COVID-19 results. Khan suffered this injury soon after lunch on Tuesday, intercepting Hanuma Vihari’s punch drive. Although, he was taken for scans and continues to remain under observation after being ruled out of the entire warm-up match.

“Avesh Khan is not likely to take any further part in the series, leave alone this game. It’s a thumb fracture. He will not be bowling for at least a month and after that rehabilitation is likely to start. In another three days, the picture is supposed to get clearer,” a BCCI source was quoted by TOI.

Notably, Khan was named as a stand-by player for the England series and it is likely that the Men in Blue will be short of one net bowler going ahead into this series, starting August 4 at Trent Bridge.