Mushfiqur Rahim sustained the injury while playing football during team warm-ups. © Getty
Bangladesh’s wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim will miss the remainder of Bangladesh Cricket League, the franchise-based four-day competition, with an ankle injury that is set to rule him out of action for the next three weeks.
Mushfiqur scored a brilliant century for table-toppers BCB North during their last match but will miss the crucial encounter against second placed East Zone in the fifth round, scheduled at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from April 17. Mushfiqur sustained the injury while playing football during warm-ups a day after his hundred.
“He sustained a sprain on his left ankle and we suggested one week rest before we take the next course of action after watching his condition,” BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told Cricbuzz on Monday. ”But our experience says these kind of sprains take around two to three weeks to recover usually,” he said.
Mushfiqur joins a growing injury list of national players with several cricketers going through rehabilitation to recover from their respective injuries. All-rounder Mehedy Hasan was diagnosed with labral tear on his right shoulder and board physicians are trying to heal it in a conservative way with injection and physiotherapy with surgery seen only as a last option.
Mehedy Hasan’s present condition suggests he is unlikely to take part in the upcoming proposed ODI series against Afghanistan that is scheduled to be played in India in June. “We have given him the first injection recently and such injection can be used for two or three times,” said Debashish.
”It’s similar to Mustafizur Rahman’s injury. So the bottom line is, at first we are trying to handle the injury in conservative way. And after getting the result we will decide later whether surgery is needed or not,” he added.
Debashish also informed that Taskin Ahmed had started taking medicines for his back pain from April 12 with the physicians waiting to see how he responds to it. Taskin has been plagued by back trouble for the last three months. He had managed this injury earlier in his career, but it has since became more serious in recent months.
”We have also observed that Taskin’s performance has gone downwards recently. Maybe his back pain is a reason for that. We are trying to manage it through exercise, physiotherapy and injection. At the moment no surgery is required for him and hopefully it will cure soon,” said Debashish.
Meanwhile, Tamim Iqbal is undergoing a rehabilitation program to recover from his knee injury that prompted him to miss the final of PSL. “Tamim’s recent injury is actually a combination of two-three injuries. He is facing problem with knee joint and outside the joint as well. We are dealing with the outside problems. And it has improved recently,” said the physician.
”Three more weeks will be needed to complete the rehab. He is not facing any problem while batting. But he is facing problem while running or sprinting. Tamim is continuing his skill training and his improvements are satisfactory. We believe it is not necessary for Tamim to undergo surgery at the moment,” Debashish added.
Others on the treatment table include Rubel Hossian (viral fever), Mossadek Hossain (back injury) and Nasir Hossain (ligament tear of the knee) While Rubel and Mossadek are unlikely to be out for long, Nasir will be ruled out for six months.
After the series against Afghanistan, Bangladesh are scheduled to take on the Windies in a full series at home in July.