Even before the start of their three-match T20 series against Afghanistan, Bangladesh have received a major injury blow. Their pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman has beeb ruled out of the series with a toe injury.
Debashish Chowdhury, the BCB doctor, said that a scan revealed that it will take Mustafizur up to three weeks to recover. As a result, Bangladesh are leaving Dhaka for Dehradun on Tuesday morning without their main pacer.
“Mustafizur damaged his left toe during the IPL, and would not be traveling with the team,” Chowdhury was quoted telling the Dhaka-based New Age newspaper.
On Sunday, Bangladesh’s interim head coach Courtney Walsh had mentioned Mustafizur’s injury. Walsh had sounded confident that he would recover in time, but the scan has revealed otherwise. The left-arm pacer has starred for Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy, helping his side make it to the final. The BCB is likely to announce his replacement on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan have also suffered a big injury blow. Their pacer Dawlat Zadran will also miss the series due to a knee injury. According to the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB), the 30-year-old pacer hurt himself during training in India. He is likely to remain on the sidelines for around a month.
Zadran, who has 137 wickets from 105 international matches, has been in good form for Afghanistan. During their victorious campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier earlier this year, he picked up eight wickets including took a hat-trick in the warm-up match before the main tournament.