India all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out for six weeks due to a finger injury.
The youngster will miss the five-Test series against England and will return back to India along with injured pacer Avesh Khan. However, fans were left baffled on Thursday as Washington was seen fielding during Day 3 of the warm-up match between County Select XI against India.
Reportedly, Washington hasn’t suffered a fracture on his finger but has been complaining of pain for a while. The young all-rounder is expected to fly back to India along with Avesh over the weekend.
“This is absurd. This is shocking. Very very disturbing for me. How can this be allowed in the first place? I think Sundar should have been immediately pulled out of the practice match,” former India cricketer Abbas Ali Baig told TV9 Digital after Washington took the field for Durham on Thursday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had made Washington and Avesh available to play for Durham after some of their players were deemed unavailable either due to injury or close contacts of a Covid-19 positive person.
“The ECB made a request to the Indian team management to let two players from the Indian contingent play for County Select XI after some of their players were deemed to be unavailable either due to injury or close contacts of a Covid-19 positive person. Accordingly, Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan have been made available to play for their team,” the BCCI said in a statement.
Despite the injury, Washington, to everyone’s surprise, took the field for Durham on Day 3 of the warm-up match. Fans were left confused by the decision and questioned whether it could aggravate the injury.
With the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 and T20 World Cup around the corner, Washington is expected to play a crucial role for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and India respectively.
Notably, the BCCI and its National Cricket Academy (NCA) have repeatedly received criticism over the mismanagement of injuries suffered by players.
In the first innings, Washington just managed a solitary run with the willow before getting dismissed by a sharp bouncer from Mohammad Siraj. While he would have hoped to prove his mettle in the second innings, the finger injury rules him out for the remainder of the tour.