Asia Cup 2014 February 28, 2014

Mashrafe Mortaza sidelined by side strain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of the Asia Cup with a side strain. He will be replaced by Shafiul Islam.

"Mortaza had picked up a side strain during the match against India on February 26. The scan report suggests it is a strain on the left side," Bangladesh physio Vibhav Singh said. "Unfortunately he is out of this tournament. He will carry on doing the rehab under the guidance of the BCB medical team and we will assess him further in the coming days."

The injury is a blow to Bangladesh's campaign because they are already without Tamim Iqbal, who is also unfit, and Shakib Al Hasan, who will be available only for the last two league games because of his three-ODI ban.

Bangladesh are also waiting on Mushfiqur Rahim, who hurt his shoulder during the game against India and was taken to hospital for scans. "We will continue to asses him today," Vibhav said. "He will undergo a fitness test tomorrow after which we will decide whether he can play the match against Afghanistan."

Bangladesh lost their opening game of the Asia Cup to India and are due to play Afghanistan on March 1.

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  • Suj on March 1, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    @ all the Bangladesh fans already coming up with excuses and making comments regarding how this is a weakened BD team which is why they might not do so well ... Where was this logic when you beat a West Indies C or D team in a one day and test series a few years ago? To date that is your "greatest" test achievement and "finest" series triumph! WI did not miss 3 or 4 players like Bangladesh here. They were without their first and second choice XIs throughout the whole series and lost it. And yet that was no big deal to you. However when merely 4 players are missing suddenly your whole team is different? What an irony

  • Black on March 1, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Bangladesh will loose this match by big margin. and they should be stripped out of all kind of cricket. what a shame, after 15 years of playing, they are in same stage.

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Bangladesh do win after couple of games espically in home condition but now they arr going through bad time espically big guns like sakib,tamim,mashrafee,musfiq out due to injury if tomorrow musfiq doesnt play that means bamgladesh are playing with outany them after 8-9 yrs n may lost the game with unexpirence team only expirnce player are mahmadullah n razzaq ,mr depandable nasir is out of form any way good luck to afganistan n bd

  • Ram on March 1, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    Now BD gets their punch bag. The same league teams clash. They should prove that they are superior within the league that they belong in. One more compelling reason why the second tier teams should be competing among themselves.

  • Smart on February 28, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Some BD fans need to grow up. Don't cry because Shakib is out! He brought disgrace to the game and his nation. BD people are better than that. He deserved the punishment. Just thank God that ICC did not take action. How many times great all-rounders like Jack Kallis, Shaun Pollok, Sachin, Vettori, etc. behaved like Shakib??? No doubt that Shakib is one of the best BD players and all-rounders in the world, but BD has shown the world they can win without him. BD tigers are capable of winning without Tamim, Mashrafe, and Shakib. They have done it before. They should be able to do that again in this Asia Cup. The only concern is Mushfiq's injury who has been able to anchor the innings and has been pretty consistent in recent months. BD should drop Nasir if he does not perform. Imrul Kayes should be in if Mushfiq is out. It won't matter who replaces Mashrafe - Al Amin, Shafiur or Farhad Reza are of the same quality.

  • Android on February 28, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    All the best for BD team for the up coming matches. BD fans do not take IND PAK fans comments serious as they are so hurt by recent humiliation by SL.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Afghanistan must not be underestimated, they can couse a big trouble to any side.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Stop talking about afghans making paks scorecard 117/6 . Even bangladesh made Sl scorecard to 65/8 . So ? are we telling Sri Lanka is better than us??? It's just a basic sense !!

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Bangladesh will win & take the bonus point of tomorrow's game against AFG. This is because, Ban has everything to do this. Moreover, I respect Pak and SL both . In the contrary, Ban will beat Pak and SL as well. There are some reasons like Ban needs only the confident that things will come tomorrow's game. Ban team has some special players , but they need their luck only. I know some people think otherwise, but after the all three games everyone will get results wht am saying now. All the best for SL,Ind, Pak,Afg and Bd for giving us exciting time.

  • M.G. on February 28, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    It may become a sad day for BD against AFG, but at least BCB will be smiling by pushing over Shakib with extreme retribution for a charade that warranted merely apt reprimand. Way to go BCB, and Cheers for the Tigers...

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