Bangladesh will love to put it across India after what they still reckon was a controversial defeat in the World Cup quarter-finals two months ago. But to do that, the Tigers will need the complete arsenal at their disposal, which is looking difficult at the moment with their injury list swelling every day.
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim are the four who have instrumental in Bangladesh’s recent success at the World Cup and the home series against Pakistan, and all of them are nursing injuries.
On Thursday, Mortaza became the latest to join the list in a freak road accident where he was travelling by a cycle rickshaw. But that was after Bangladesh’s World Cup hero Mahmudullah was ruled out of the entire India series with a finger fracture he suffered during catching practice.
The Tigers heaved a sigh of relief when it was declared that their ODI skipper Mortaza’s injury is not serious and hopefully he will be available. But a question mark hangs.
“He has been given medication and requires dressing on a regular basis. We expect him to recover in 7 to 10 days but after two days he will have a knee scan and then we can only say that there is no serious damage,” BCB’s senior physician Dr. Debashis Chowdhury updated on Mortaza’s injury.
But that was not the end of their worries.
Tamim’s left knee injury hasn’t fully healed. An MRI has reportedly been done and the report is with Apollo Hospital for review whether there are any cystic changes present, as reported by The Daily Star.
The BCB physicians, according to The Daily Star want to wait until the India and South Africa series to conduct a pathological exam on Tamim’s knee to check for the presence of a tumour.
Also, injured pacer Shahadat Hossain has already been kept out of Bangladesh’s preliminary squad for India series, while Rubel Hossain’s side strain forced him to miss the second Test against Pakistan. He, though, is part of the preliminary squad.