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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has accused left-arm pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman of failing to reveal the extent of his toe injury after returning home from his stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Mustafizur, who represented the Mumbai Indians, was ruled out of the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against Afghanistan in Dehradun as a result of the injury.
The 22-year-old featured in a practice game in Mirpur on Saturday and was given two days to recover as the injury was initially believed to be a minor one.
On Monday, however, Mustafizur complained of pain and underwent scans, which revealed a hairline fracture that is likely to sideline him for up to four weeks.
“When he returned from India, he told the physio that he got hurt,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “We also saw it on TV that he hurt his toe playing in his last game in the IPL, but he didn’t make it clear to the physio the gravity of the injury; how bad the pain was.
“He played the practice match, and then was given two days off because we thought it would help him recover. Then on the evening before the departure, he informed that he has severe pain, and then we had to do the scans which revealed a fracture.”
Given the severity of Mustafizur’s injury, Akram feels that the board should discuss how much freedom that should give to senior players when it comes to them participating in domestic competitions overseas.
The BCB has currently limited players’ NOCs to two per year.
“This sort of thing really hampers the morale of the team. He is an important player. I have now spoken to him in the presence of the BCB doctors and selectors,” Akram said. “I will report my findings to the board directors. We should discuss what to do with our players in these franchise leagues. I think it is time we get serious about it.”