Amidst the limelight, the IPL is hogging currently, the twelfth edition of the World Cup is also on the horizon. Ahead of the mega event, Bangladesh cricket team have suffered a body blow when Mustafizur Rahman sustained an ankle injury. The left-arm pacer has hurt his left ankle. Thus, he will be on sidelines for two weeks and is also expected to miss the initial stages of the training camp for the quadrennial event.
As indicated by the chief physician of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Dr. Debashish Chouwdhury, the injury is not described as serious. In fact, it is not a fracture related injury but only a strain. Nevertheless, he believes the speedster would need to be monitored closely since the forecasts regarding these injuries are difficult.
Bangladesh injury woes continue to multiply.
“There is no fracture related injury, but there is some pain in the ligament, a lateral ankle sprain. He had suffered this kind of pain before, but predictions regarding these injuries are difficult. He will rest partially with a little exercise in between, and his condition will be reassessed two weeks from now” Chowdhury said as quoted by Daily Star
Consequently, Mustafizur Rahman joins an already long list of players who have undergone injuries. Among the batsmen, Mushfiqur Rahim was playing with a finger injury on the tour of New Zealand which he had endured in the Asia Cup.
While the condition has improved, reports implicate that he would need rest. All-rounder Mahmudullah experienced a shoulder injury that got aggravated on the tour of New Zealand. He has been reported to have resumed batting at the nets after recovering but is yet to roll his arm.
Rubel Hossain, yet another fast bowler from Bangladesh, suffered a side strain during a domestic game and is on the rest. Taskin Ahmed, his colleague, is also racing against time to be fully fit for the tournament after being ruled out with an ankle injury. Another all-rounder Mohammad Safiuddin also expressed concerns with his elbow but is continuing to play domestic cricket.
The 2019 World Cup is set to get underway on May 30th. Bangladesh will play a 50-over tri-series, featuring Ireland and the Windies in Ireland. The Tigers open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 2nd June.