Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) refused to divulge any details about the scan report, but according to sources the injury was a Grade 3 Labrum tear, which often requires a surgery for complete healing. @ Getty Images

Bangladesh have suffered a fresh blow with the ICC World Cup 2019 just on the horizon and face a race against time after an MRI scan report on Monday revealed a Grade 3 tear on batsman Mahmudullah’s shoulder. According to a report in Cricbuzz, the 33-year-old picked up the injury a few months ago, but aggravated it on the tour of New Zealand – during the first Test – where he dived on the field twice.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) refused to divulge any details about the scan report, but according to sources the injury was a Grade 3 Labrum tear, which often requires a surgery for complete healing. (ALSO READ: Bangladesh cricketer Mehidy Hasan marries after surviving Christchurch mosque horror)

”We received the MRI report of Mahmudullah today and it reveals he had a grade- three tear. We have recommended him rest for 15 days and later we will start his rehabilitation program,” the officials said on Monday.

”We will follow conservative treatment process and if that fails to heal him than we might need operation. He can do his fitness training, but we advised that he should not have any session that can force him to take some kind of a load. This injury is quite similar to the one that Mustafizur Rahman received but in most cases it becomes a major concern for pace bowlers. So, we are hoping that he will recover with conservative treatment.”

In Mustafizur’s case, the left-arm pacer had to undergo surgery for his SLAP (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) tear and was later ruled out for next six months. Mahmudullah has been asked to take a week’s rest before the BCB physicians make a decision, but physicians are confident he will be fit the showpiece event which gets underway on May 30.

”I am not well,” Mahmudullah said. “The injury is quite similar to the one that Mustafiz had so I may need an operation if it is not healed properly,” he said.

Bangladesh kick-start their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Oval on June 2.