England’s prospects of regaining their ICC World Twenty20 crown in Bangladesh were far from obvious, long before a raft of injuries took hold.
In the past two weeks preceding the start of the global tournament on Sunday, seven probable first-choice players - including captain and vice-captain - have succumbed to physical ailments of varying severity.
Sheffield’s Joe Root and Ben Stokes are both out of the tournament with broken bones in their right hand, the latter via his own temper.
Replacements Ian Bell and Chris Woakes do not necessarily weaken England’s resources. But neither was part of Plan A either, and their urgent inclusion is part of an unhelpfully destabilising narrative over the course of the short preparatory tour of the West Indies.
Stuart Broad’s patella tendinitis is the biggest concern of all.
He had to miss the final two matches of the Twenty20 series lost to the current world champions in Bridgetown, to have an injection on a chronic problem.
His readiness for England’s group matches is in no way assured, and it is thought highly likely he will miss tomorrow’s opening warm-up fixture in Fatullah at least - against the Windies, for a change (9.30am GMT start).