Bangladesh left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman has sprained his right ankle during Tigers’ only warm-up game yesterday at the Takashinga Sports Club in Harare and is uncertain to start in their first of three ODIs tomorrow.
Mustafizur only bowled 0.5 overs in Tigers’ only warm-up game yesterday and was visibly uncomfortable from the first over of the innings. He left the field without bowling the last ball of the over.
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“He [Mustafizur] is under physio’s supervision. His participation in tomorrow’s game is fifty-fifty. We will get good knowledge about his condition today. But right now, his chances of starting tomorrow is fifty-fifty,” said Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal during the pre-match press conference today.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) chief physician Dr. Debashish Chowdhury also informed that Mustafizur’s condition will be assessed before today’s practice session in Harare.
“We still can not say that he is unavailable for tomorrow’s game. However, he has a sprain [in his right ankle]. He will be assessed [by BCB medical team] before today’s practice in Harare,” informed Debashish to The Daily Star.
Bangladesh are already without their key batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for the rest of their Zimbabwe tour. Mushfiqur left Harare yesterday for Dhaka after his parents — father Mahbub Habib and mother Rahim Khatun — tested positive for coronavirus and were taken to the capital from their hometown Bogura on an emergency basis.
Even skipper Tamim, who missed the one-off Test against Zimbabwe due to a knee injury, will be playing in tomorrow’s game, and probably the rest of the matches in the tour, by managing his knee pain.