Mushfiqur Rahim joined the growing list of injured cricketers after he sprained his ankle to be ruled out of franchise-based first-class cricket competition Bangladesh Cricket League fifth round, which is beginning today.
North Zone batsman Mushfiq sprained his ankle while playing football during a warm-up session on the fourth and final day of BCL’s fourth round match at the Shaheed Chandu stadium in Bogra on April 13.
Mushfiq, struck a century in the drawn match against Walton Central Zone, has been given a week rest, Bangladesh Cricket Board physician Debashis Chowdhury told New Age on Monday.
‘He has been given a complete rest for a week. We will monitor his progress during the period,’ said Debashis.
The BCB physician hoped that the injury would not cost Mushfiq a place in the proposed one-day international series against Afghanistan, tentatively scheduled in the first week of June in India.
‘We have still more than a month in hand before Afghanistan series. Hopefully it will not be a problem for him,’ said Debashis.
Mushfiq joined batsmen Nasir Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, spinner Mehedi Hasan and pacer Taskin Ahmed in the list of injured players before BCL.
Nasir damaged his ligament while playing football during his vacation in Sirjaganj which ruled him out for at least six months.
Tamim was nursing a knee injury while Mehedi and Taskin skipped the previous round of the competition due to a shoulder and back injury respectively.
Mushfiq’s injury could be vital for defending champions North Zone in the tournament as they will be facing Islami Bank East Zone in the fifth round at Mirpur from today.
North Zone is leading the points table with 41 points from four matches, just two points clear of their nearest challengers East Zone.
Prime Bank South Zone, who will face Walton Central Zone in the other match of the fifth round, are also in the title mix with 38 points from four matches.
Central Zone will take motivation from the return of Imrul Kayes, who missed the previous round due to personal commitment.
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