Bangladesh sweat over Rahim and Mortaza

Bangladesh anxious Mushfiqur Rahim cracked rib Mashrafe Mortaza finger injury Zimbabwe series cricket

Mushfiqur Rahim cracked his rib prior to the Asia Cup

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Bangladesh will be sweating over the fitness of wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza as they are both nursing injuries ahead of the series against Zimbabwe.

Rahim cracked his rib during the pre-Asia Cup training camp in Dhaka, but still featured in the tournament, where Bangladesh reached the final before losing to India in a last-ball thriller.

Rahim has been given a week off to rest and recuperate. Further checks will then be conducted to “determine the next course of action”.

“[Mushfiqur] has a cracked rib which usually takes four to six weeks to heal,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Ribs usually take time as it is constantly moving. There’s no rest. We have asked Mushfiqur to rest for a week after which we will determine the next course of action.”

As for Mortaza, he will need a further two weeks to recover from the finger injury he sustained during Bangladesh’s knockout match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup on September 26.

“The injury on his little finger is quite serious,” Chowdhury said. “It takes about three weeks to recover. We are hoping that Mashrafe can come back from that injury within two weeks. He was struck by a ball directly. We will have a further scan tomorrow to ascertain how much of a blood clot there is. Once we know about it, we will go for our next course of action.

“Mashrafe is not too bothered about the injury though. He said he has already played two matches with it, and his bowling isn’t affected by the injury. The finger comes to use for his batting, of course.”

As for all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who underwent an emergency operation to remove pus that had spread from his left hand all the way to his wrist, he will visit a surgeon in Australia next week.

“We have removed fluid twice within the last two-four days from Shakib’s infected finger,” Chowdhury said. “He is improving. His infection will come under control in a week through medication. He is likely to go to Australia on Friday, to determine whether he needs surgery.”

Meanwhile, an update on opening batsman Tamim Iqbal’s fractured left wrist will be provided in about three weeks.

Bangladesh’s series against Zimbabwe, which consists of three ODIs and two Tests, will begin on October 21 in Dhaka.

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