Bangladesh captain suffered an injury during his side's big victory vs Afghanistan in 3rd ODI    Getty Images
Bangladesh captain suffered an injury during his side’s big victory vs Afghanistan in 3rd ODI Getty Images

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza who suffered a bad fall while bowling against Afghanistan in the third and final One-Day International (ODI), hopes his injury is not serious. But he is “a bit worried” about whether he can be fit in time for the England series, beginning on October 7. The pacer dismissed Afghan opener Mohammad Shahzad with the first ball of his second over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. But in the next ball, his front foot got tangled with the rear one on his delivery stride and he painfully landed on his ankle. Bangladesh won the match by 141 runs to clinch the series 2-1 and in this way registered their 100th win in 50-overs. Full Cricket Scorecard, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI, Dhaka

His team-mates rushed to attend to their captain but Mashrafe got treated on the field and finished his over. He then went off the field for an over and returned to bowl with a shorter run-up. Mashrafe, who turns 33 on October 5, limped his way in and out of the post-match press conference. ALSO READ: BAN vs AFG 3rd ODI: Hosts 100th ODI win and other statistical highlights

After the match, he stated, “I was kind of having a feeling about the injury since this morning — anyways, there is a slight swelling. I hope the pain will go away.” With the England ODIs just a few days away, he will not get much time to tend to his sore ankle. ALSO READ: Tamim Iqbal 1st Bangladesh batsman to score 9,000 international runs

“I’ve hurt this ankle before as well. That is why I am a bit uneasy. It might have been okay if I had 10 days. But we have five or six days to go before the England series. So I am a bit worried. Let’s see, I hope there won’t be any problem”, added Mortaza.

Mashrafe’s career has been plagued with injuries but he has not picked up any major injury since becoming the captain almost two years ago.