Mustafizur out of Asia Cup with side strain

The Grade I side strain can also make him a doubtful starter for Bangladesh’s World T20 qualifying round matches against the Netherlands and the Ireland in Dharamsala.

Mustafizur Rahman has taken three wickets in the tournament.   -  AP

Bangladesh’s strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a side strain sustained during the home team’s win against Sri Lanka.

“Bangladesh pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman has suffered a side strain and will not play any further part in the Micromax Asia Cup T20,” a BCB release stated.

The Grade I side strain can also make him a doubtful starter for Bangladesh’s World T20 qualifying round matches against the Netherlands and Ireland in Dharamsala.

Team physio Bayjedul Islam Khan said: “Mustafiz complained of discomfort after Sunday’s match against Sri Lanka. An MRI scan was done today and the report from the radiologist confirmed a Grade I 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.”

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will replace Mustafizur in the Asia Cup squad. Tamim had taken leave to attend the birth of his first child.