Mashrafe Mortaza (Left) is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks © Getty Images
Mashrafe Mortaza (Left) is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks © Getty Images

Bangladesh’s limited-overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza fractured his right thumb during the third T20 International (T20I) against New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Sunday. Mortaza is believed to have taken an X-Ray scan after the game and is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks. Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes suffered different injuries during the third T20I and they will be monitored closely for the next 48 hours. With the first Test just around the corner, Bangladesh hope to have both their openers fit for the opening clash. Bangladesh and New Zealand will be playing a two-Test series, beginning from January 12 at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

“Mashrafe had an X-ray done immediately after the match and the report has confirmed a fractured right metacarpal. Recovery is expected to take between four to six weeks and will be followed by a short rehab. The injured area will be put in a caste as he recovers,” Bangladesh physio Dean Conway said, according to cricbuzz.com. He added, “[Tamim's] thumb is sore but the X-ray has come clear. We will review his condition after 48 hours,” Conway said. Kayes, who crashed into the digital boundary boards, however did not need a scan.

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New Zealand completed a whitewash over Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series and also the One-Day International (ODI) series before that. Bangladesh will look to restore some pride when the Mushfiqur Rahim-led Test side takes on the Black Caps. However, as a precaution, Bangladesh fast bowling sensation Mutafizur Rahman has been ruled out of the first Test. Bangladesh will be keen on having him back for the second match at Christchurch.