Asia Cup 2016 February 29, 2016

Side strain ends Mustafizur's Asia Cup

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Mustafizur Rahman picked up the injury during Bangladesh's win against Sri Lanka on Sunday © AFP

Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been ruled out of the remainder of the Asia Cup T20 with a side strain. He has been replaced by Tamim Iqbal, who returned to Dhaka on Monday from paternity leave.

Mustafizur picked up the injury during Bangladesh's 23-run win over Sri Lanka on Sunday. Bayjedul Islam Khan, the team physio, said that the injury was a "Grade 1 strain", and did not specify when Mustafizur was likely to return.

"Mustafiz complained of discomfort after Sunday's match against Sri Lanka," Bayjedul said. "An MRI scan was done today and the report from the radiologist confirmed a Grade 1 side strain on the right. He is under conservative treatment and rest for next 48 hours. Following that the rehab will begin. We are expecting that he will make a quick recovery and resume bowling soon."

Mustafizur had previously suffered a shoulder injury during the Zimbabwe series last month, which subsequently ruled him out of the Pakistan Super League.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  •   Sathy Sathi on March 5, 2016, 14:18 GMT

    that's good sighn for bangla becz last time he bowled against ind he give to many runs

  • Parousia on March 2, 2016, 8:09 GMT

    So the selectors are replacing a fast bowler with a batsman? Defies logic.. haha

  • GoodMood48 on March 2, 2016, 3:20 GMT

    At the moment we have no credible replacement for Mustafizur. He's gone miles ahead compared to the other bowlers. Shakib has to play a bigger role today like he did in the past. The team should consider getting a "specialist" bowler and that points me to Arafat Sunny, though I love Nasir but Sunny might strengthen the bowling department even more.

  • i_amVIVA on March 1, 2016, 19:04 GMT

    @INDIANZEN: true, bro; but u haven't tasted his bowling, but ur team ind have, who can ascertain your quest of line-length in him. and the final results showed: ind series loss 2:1 to ban

  • indianzen on March 1, 2016, 18:12 GMT

    Its funny to see comments on this pacer ! You have not tested him overseas conditions at all. He could go for 10 an over in big boys league like IPL. Mear cutters won't help you to win matches, swing and line-length does...

  •   Muhammad Mustafeez on March 1, 2016, 17:24 GMT

    Best wishes for fast recovery and hope to see him in WT20. He is really good find for #Bangladesh. Good luck for future from #Pakistan.

  •   Muhammad Mustafeez on March 1, 2016, 17:24 GMT

    Best wishes for fast recovery and hope to see him in WT20. He is really good find for #Bangladesh. Good luck for future from #Pakistan.

  •   Showkat Khan on March 1, 2016, 17:12 GMT

    Abu Haider Rony needs to bowl without width and with his special yorkers if selected. Bangladesh should win and anything the Pakistanis do Bangladesh will simply do better. Best of luck to both teams.

  • Ammo666 on March 1, 2016, 16:34 GMT

    @AUS_ENGLISH_LOOSER: Your name indicates it is you actually, what do u mean calling BD a flat track bully they make the most versatile pitches in the subcontinent which has both for the bowlers & batsmen(not so green not so flat) , still u struggle isn't it..but not like IND the flattest track bullies all in favour of them...however a true green top will end IND's hyped journey & that pitch BD hasn't make really so far....

  • Mahmud Miah on March 1, 2016, 14:52 GMT

    Keep the team settled, it would give tremendous confident to the team. yes I believe abu will do well given the opportunity. the captain cool is there so not too worried

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