With the 2019 ICC World Cup fast approaching, Bangladesh's preparations for the event received a hit after Mahmudullah was reported to have suffered a shoulder injury.

An MRI report of the batsman revealed a grade-3 tear on his shoulder, reported a news organisation. Mahmudullah had initially hurt himself a few months ago but aggravated it during the first Test against New Zealand on the recent tour when he dived on the field Twice.

An MRI test was conducted in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board physicians had been waiting for the report before determining the healing process of the injury. BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury admitted that they received the report on Monday but refused to provide the details.

However, a BCB source privy to the matter, confirmed that it was a grade-3 Labrum tear, which often requires surgery for complete healing. ''We received the MRI report of Mahmudullah today and it reveals he had a grade-three tear. We have recommended him rest for 15 days and later we will start his rehabilitation program,'' the officials said.

''We will follow conservative treatment process and if that fails to heal him than we might need an operation,'' he said. ''He can do his fitness training, but we advised that he should not have any session that can force him to This injury is quite similar to the one that Mustafizur received but in most cases, it becomes a major concern for pace bowlers. So, we are hoping that he will recover with conservative treatment."

AFP/  Marty Melville