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Shoulder injury halts Mustafizur's Sussex campaign

The BCB is waiting on more medical tests before it takes a decision on the injured Mustafizur Rahman's next step AFP

A shoulder injury has ruled out Mustafizur Rahman from the remainder of Sussex's group phase matches in the Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast.

Mustafizur has a SLAP tear (an injury to the labrum, which is the cartilage around the socket of the shoulder joint) in his left shoulder. He had an MRI taken a couple of days ago, after he missed Sussex's latest one-day game. The BCB has asked him to do more tests, and it is still undecided whether he will return to Dhaka within the week. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said on Wednesday that the board will wait for another medical assessment before deciding on what he should do next.

"He has to undergo another assessment today, after which we will be able to know whether he will stay back in the UK for further medical attention or if he will return to Bangladesh," Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo.

The Sussex county side said in a statement that, "the 20-year-old is suffering from a shoulder injury, and, under the direction of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, is due to have a scan this week to ascertain whether or not he will be fit enough to play in any knockout matches should Sussex qualify for the latter stages of either competition".

According to BCB's media chairman Jalal Yunus, a fresh MRI can give an indication on the treatment process. "He will need another MRI to understand the exact nature of his injury," Yunus said. "There's some extra fluid on his shoulder. The MRI will tell us what he should be doing thereafter - an injection or a surgery. We will hear the advice of the specialists in the UK and our doctors and physio."

Mustafizur, who arrived late in Sussex's one-day and T20 campaigns, took four wickets in his first match for the county before going wicketless in his second outing. He was scheduled to play at least five more games in the group phase of both competitions.