The Mashrafe Mortaza-led Bangladesh team has got a massive blow with their key player Mahmudullah Riyad being under the scanner for a calf injury. The stylish batsman has suffered the injury against Afghanistan, where he continued to play with an injury throughout his innings.
Bangladesh boosted their bid to reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals. Shakib Al Hasan’s superb all-around display inspired a 62-run win over Afghanistan. Shakib’s 51 laid the foundations for Bangladesh to score 262-7 and made him the leading run-scorer in this year’s World Cup.
The 32-year-old then ripped through the Afghan batting line-up. He finished with superb figures of 5-29 from 10 overs. During the course of the game, Bangladesh got a major blow with their key player being injured.
Mahmudullah Riyad suffered a Grade 1 Tear:
He did not take the field in the second innings. According to a team source, the right-handed batsman is suffering from a grade one tear in his right muscle. The Tigers’ technical director Khaled Mahmud Shujon revealed the status of Mahmudullah’s injury around three hours after the match ended in Southampton.
“The scan results showed a Grade-1 tear on Riyad’s right calf. At the moment, that is all I can say. I have not spoken to the physio [Thihan Chandramohan] yet. I can tell you more about the recovery period in the morning after speaking to the physio.” Mahmud told The Daily Star.
Typically, a Grade 1 tear takes between seven to 14 days to heal. Mahmudullah came into the match with strapping on his right leg, but it could not be ascertained whether he carried the injury into the match and aggravated it, or whether he sustained the injury while batting.
Bangladesh are up to fifth place in the 10-team group stage, one point behind fourth-placed England in the race to seal a semi-final berth via a top-four finish. They need to win their remaining games in order to be in the contention for the fourth spot.