Mushfiqur Rahim joined the long list of injured national players and, according to sources close to the action, the second in as many weeks to be laid low while playing football. Mushfiqur's ankle sprain is almost certain to keep him out of today's Bangladesh Cricket League fifth-round match between North Zone and East Zone and may even miss the rest of the league which ends on April 27.
It was learned that Mushfiqur hurt his left ankle after a collision with North Zone teammate Nazmul Hossain Shanto while playing football during the warm-up session on the fourth and final day of the Bangladesh Cricket League fourth-round game against Central Zone at the Shaheed Chandu stadium in Bogra on April 13.
All-rounder Nasir Hossain had earlier sustained torn ligaments on his right knee, reportedly while playing football after attending a friend's wedding in Sirajganj following the end of the Dhaka Premier league. He will be out of action for six months.
“He has an ankle sprain. Right now, he has to take rest," Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told The Daily Star yesterday. "It has already been four days, we will assess the situation week by week. It may take time, but it is hard to say at the moment how long it will take.”
After Nasir's injury, Chowdhury had warned the national cricketers to ease up on their football warm-up games as the high intensity could lead to injuries. Mushfiqur's injury is one more cautionary tale about the warm-up games which the national cricketers play intensely and very competitively.
The 30-year-old struck his first hundred at his home town of Bogura on the third day and actually batted after sustaining the injury, adding only 10 runs to his overnight score of 101. That he batted at all suggests that the injury was not thought to be serious at the time, but four days on Mushfiqur is almost certain to miss the fifth-round match against East Zone at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
Among the national players, Tamim Iqbal is going through rehabilitation after suffering a meniscus injury on his left knee and it will take another three weeks for the left-hander to recover. Mehedi Hasan Miraz is also suffering from a right shoulder injury while pacer Taskin Ahmed is suffering back pain.