Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah Riyad’s recovery from a calf muscle tear seemed to be on course as the right-hander batted for a prolonged period at the outer nets of Edgbaston, the venue for today’s all-important World Cup match against India.
Mahmudullah had sustained a Grade 1 tear on his right calf muscle during the Tigers’ previous match against Afghanistan in Southampton on June 24. The ensuing seven-day break between matches would have helped the senior batsman recover as it takes around seven to 10 days to recover from the injury.
He appeared to be untroubled by the injury as he was skipping down the track to spinners and hopping on the back foot against pacers without any problem.
Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was however cautious about his chances while speaking to the media ahead of today’s game.
“The physio [Thihan Chandramohan] has not yet given a final call, so there is some time on that front,” said Mashrafe, who has also been struggling with a hamstring tear. “I have bowled today, so I am okay.”
Team management informed later that a decision on Mahmudullah would be taken in the morning today depending on how the batsman feels after a full day of practice. The team had an optional practice session yesterday which was attended by all members with the exception of opener Tamim Iqbal, who had opted to rest before the crucial match.
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