Ahead of their all-important clash against India on July 2, Bangladesh have been dealt with a major blow, as all-rounder Mahmudullah has suffered a grade 1 tear in his right calf muscle.

The 33-year-old sustained the injury while batting against Afghanistan on Monday in Southampton. Although he impressed with his 38-ball 27, he was seen in visible pain while running between the wickets.

The injury was picked while the 33-year-old was batting on one run. The green signal, for the rest of the innings, was given when team physio Thihan Chandramohan applied the compression tape around his calf. He was taken to the hospital soon after the innings, and as a result of which, Sabbir Rehman took the field as a replacement. The scans, on the other hand, revealed he had sustained a grade one tear.

"Mahmudullah has sustained a low grade calf injury. We will monitor his progress over the next few days with regards to his availability for the next World Cup match,'' said Chandramohan on Tuesday.

As for the injury, it takes somewhere around seven to ten days to heal the grade 1 tear. And while he may not miss so many games, the India fixture remains under cloud.

Mahmudullah has had a poor injury track, to say the least. Even at the World Cup, he arrived on the back a grade-3 tear on his shoulder, and this is why he hasn’t bowl in the tournament.

Bangladesh take on India on July 2 at Edgbaston before locking horns with Pakistan at Lord’s on July 5.

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