Toe injury rules Mustafizur out of Afghanistan series

Bangladesh received a major blow ahead of the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan as pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman was ruled out of the series with a toe injury. A Bangladesh Cricket Board official confirmed about Mustafizur unavailability and revealed that the management was yet to decide on a replacement.

Bangladesh team will travel to India on Tuesday to play the series, scheduled at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on June 3, 5 and 7.

According to BCB physician Debashish Chowdhury, Mustafizur suffered the injury during the recent Indian Premier League and would require two to three weeks to return to full fitness. “Mustafizur damaged the thumb on his left leg during IPL and would not be travelling with the team,” Chowdhury told New Age on Monday (May 28).

According to the daily, BCB spokesman confirmed that an X-ray was conducted on Mustafizur’s toe with further tests scheduled be carried out on Tuesday.

During the pre-series official press conference on Sunday, interim head coach Courtney Walsh first revealed about Mustafizur’s injury. It was hoped that a few days of rest would allow him to play some part in the series.

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