Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza hopes his injury is not a serious one after suffering a bad fall while bowling against Afghanistan in the final ODI. But he is ‘a bit worried’ about whether he can be fit in time for the England series, which begins on Oct 7.
The strapping pacer was brilliant with the ball and took out the trigger-happy Afghan opener Mohammad Shahzad with the first ball of his second over at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday. 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.
His teammates 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 Wednesday, limped his way in and out of the post-match press conference. “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,” Mashrafe said.
But with the England ODIs just a few days away, he will not get much time to tend to his sore ankle. Mashrafe’s career has been plagued with injuries but since being made the captain almost two years ago, he has not picked up any major injuries.