Mushfiqur Rahim, currently nursing a rib fracture he sustained during the Asia Cup, is looking to sweat it out in the nets on October 10. @ Getty Images
Mushfiqur Rahim, currently nursing a rib fracture he sustained during the Asia Cup, is looking to sweat it out in the nets on October 10. @ Getty Images

Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim hopes to recover in time for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe. Both teams will face each other in three ODIs and two Tests beginning on October 21.

Bangladesh have been hit with major injury concerns. Veteran Shakib Al Hasan is ruled out for the next three months owing to a finger injury, while opener Tamim Iqbal is unlikely to be available before the second Test after he fractured his left wrist during the 2018 Asia Cup.

Rahim, currently nursing a rib fracture he sustained during the Asia Cup, is looking to sweat it out in the nets on October 10.

“I am feeling much better now as the pain has been reducing gradually while I am increasing my workload accordingly. Right now, I am under a rehabilitation program and hopefully will start my batting within a day or two. As there is no need of a surgery, hopefully, I will recover in time and will be available for the upcoming series,” Mushfiqur told Cricbuzz on Monday.

“Basically, you need to give 15 to 20 days for the bone [of the rib] to get fixed, so I am planning to do a scan on October 15. In the meantime, I will follow the rehabilitation program and see how it goes. Once our camp starts [in the next few days], the physio will arrive and I will determine my next course of action,” he added.

According to reports, the Bangladesh team management believe that it’s better if Rahim is rested properly so that he’s fully fit for the rest of the year which is congested with a hectic international schedule lined up. Rahim thinks otherwise.

“Basically, you don’t get lot of chances to represent your country. So, I want to play all the matches for Bangladesh. Certainly, injury is a concern and you have to accept the reality,” said Mushfiqur.

“At the moment, as it stands, there won’t be any problem regarding playing competitive cricket and you never know what is in store for you as far as your career in concerned.”

“If there is high risk, certainly the physio will take a decision, but I have always played with some minor niggles throughout my career,” he said.

However, the conern right now for Rahim is his whether he can keep wickets or not. “My major concern is my wicketkeeping because, at the moment, I am thinking what will happen if I dive. We will discuss about it with the team management and physio, and plan accordingly,” he said.

“Naturally [injury] plays at the back of my mind. It is not only my rib but two or three of my fingers are broken as well but I am playing with it because if I go for a surgery, it will make me lose two to four months and it is always difficult to make a comeback after such a gap.”