Saqib Mahmood sustained a back injury while playing for Lancashire, after which scans revealed a fracture. Earlier this year, he also made his Test debut.
Saqib Mahmood of England. Courtesy: Reuters
- Saqib Mahmood sustained the injury while playing for Lancashire
- Saqib made his Test debut earlier this year
- Saqib also did well for the Sydney Thunder in the BBL
England fast bowler Saqib Mahmood has been ruled out of the rest of the season after he sustained a stress fracture in his back. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) put forth the development on Monday, May 15. Back in April, the speedster plied his trade for Lancashire and complained of back pain. Later, scans revealed that he had a fracture.
The medical teams of Lancashire and the ECB will now care of Mahmood and help him recover from injury. “No timeframe has been set for his (Mahmood’s) return. His ongoing rehabilitation will be co-managed between Lancashire and England medical teams,” the ECB was quoted as saying in a statement.
The 25-year-old made his debut for the Three Lions back in 2019, but has found it tough to hold on to his position in the team. After his brilliant performance against Pakistan at home last year where he played under Ben Stokes, Mahmood came to the limelight.
BIG BLOW FOR ENGLAND
Later in 2021, he went on to ply his trade for the Sydney Thunder in the 2021-22 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL). He has also played for the Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Earlier this year, Mahmood also made his Test debut in the three-match Test series against the West Indies.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad, two of the leading wicket-takers in Test cricket, didn’t go to the Caribbean, but Mahmood managed to steal the limelight. Mahmood can clock at around 150 km/h on a consistent basis and can also generate reverse swing with the old ball.