Bangladesh pacer Khaled Ahmed is upbeat on returning to action in November.
The right-arm pacer's career has been derailed for more than seven months due to a leg injury he sustained in an unexpected way.
Khaled, the 27-year-old pacer, represented Bangladesh in two Tests till date.
His last national team stint was during Bangladesh's last tour of New Zealand, earlier this year.
After that, he has been out from all forms of competitive cricket.
"I am hopeful of returning to action in November. Currently, I have been going through my rehabilitation program. As of today, I am 70 per cent fit and I think everything will be fine before the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) starts," Khaled told the media on Tuesday during his personal practice program at the national academy ground in Mirpur.
Khaled explained the unusual way in which he sustained the injury, a ligament tear on his right knee.
"It was during Ramadan and I was at my home in Sylhet. While watching TV, I felt sharp pain on my left knee. I got up and tried to shake it off but the pain increased even more. It was really unexpected. I thought it was because I didn't drink enough water," Khaled said explaining how he picked up the blow.
Later on, as the pain hadn't reduced, Khaled visited a doctor in Dhaka and it was there he found out he had a ligament tear on his right knee.
The doctor advised him to get a surgery done to fix it and he followed suit by getting the surgery done in Bangalore a few days later.
Khaled will have to sit out from the National Cricket League (NCL) which is set to begin on October 10 across the country.
The Sylhet-born pacer told the media that it is frustrating for him to sit out but he accepted his fate saying he can't do anything with the injury.
"It has been a long time that I have been out of cricket. Not just national league, but I am also missing the games of the Bangladesh A team and High-performance teams. However, I have no hand in injuries. I hope I will be back in November," Khaled further added.
Despite playing two Tests, Khaled is yet to enjoy much success in international cricket as he is yet to get any wickets.
However, he is one of the best performers among young pacers that have been playing for a few years now.
Khaled played 24 First-class, 31 List-A and 18 T20 games till the date and has bagged 51, 48 and 19 wickets in these formats of cricket respectively.