Bangladesh sweating on Mortaza, Mushfiqur injuries ahead of Zimbabwe ODIs
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is unlikely to play the ODIs versus Zimbabwe. @AFP

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is facing the prospect of naming an ODI squad for the home series against Zimbabwe later this month without skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, on the back of injuries to Tamil Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh’s four most experienced players all suffered injury setbacks during the recent Asia Cup, and are all facing a race against to make a training camp scheduled for October 15, with the BCB’s chief physician for the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Debashish Chowdhury, telling ESPNcricinfo that Mortaza’s finger injury is “quite serious”.

Mortaza injured a finger during Bangladesh’s must-win Super Four match against Pakistan. “It takes about three weeks to recover. We are hoping that Mashrafe can come back from that injury within two weeks,” said Chowdhury. “He was struck by a ball directly. We will have a further scan tomorrow to ascertain how much of a blood clot there is. Once we know about it, we will go for our next course of action. Mashrafe is not too bothered about the injury though. He said he has already played two matches with it, and his bowling isn’t affected by the injury. The finger comes to use for his batting, of course.”

Mushfiqur went to the UAE with a rib injury sustained during a pre-Asia Cup camp and scored 144 in Bangladesh’s league stage win over Sri Lanka and 99 in the must-win game  with Pakistan that put the team into the final. “[Mushfiqur] has a cracked rib which usually takes four to six weeks to heal. Ribs usually take time as it is constantly moving. There’s no rest. We have asked Mushfiqur to rest for a week after which we will determine the next course of action,” said Chowdhury.

The first ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is on October 21 and the selectors are expected to name the squad next week. Tamim flew back from the Asia Cup midway with a broken finger, and Shakib was the next to return home with a fractured finger. Shakib, following surgery, is expected to be out for three months while Tamim also faces the prospect of surgery.