Bangladesh’s wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has handed his team a major scar as he left the nets midway through the batting session after taking a hit on his right arm just below the elbow off Mustafizur Rahman’s delivery in Taunton on Saturday.
Following the hit, Rahim, who has played 208 ODIs for Bangladesh, was seen removing his gloves before leaving the nets with team physio Thian Chandramohan right away. Reports are that he missed the rest of the session following the discomfort
''The injury does not look serious, but he will be under observation for 12 hours and later we will decide the next course of action,'' said a BCB spokesperson.
''We can tell about its gravity only after the icing is completed because it will help us to assess his condition only after the icing is completed,'' he added.
If Rahim is to miss Bangladesh’s next fixture – against West Indies – it will turn out to be a big blow given the fact that how positively the 32-year-old has contributed with the bat. He struck an impressive 78 in his team’s tournament opener against South Africa. This was followed by a 50-ball 44 in a losing cause against England.
Bangladesh’s other worries lie in the form of Shakib Al Hasan, who is nursing a thigh injury he picked during his ton against England. It is, however, isn’t something that the team are cautiously worried about. He is expected to be fit for the West Indies game. Even their captain, Mashrafe Mortaza has looked a bit jarred in terms of fitness. He has cut his run-up short and hasn’t been able to be at his best for most of the part as well.
Meanwhile, opener Tamim Iqbal was at the receiving end of the similar fate earlier in the tournament when he got hit by a delivery in the nets at Oval ahead of their opening game against South Africa.
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