Bangladesh on Monday received serious injury scare ahead of forthcoming World Cup after an MRI report of batsman Mahmudullah revealed a grade-3 tear on his shoulder, said the player and an official.
Mahmudullah received the injury about months ago at home but aggravated it during the first Test against New Zealand on the recent tour when dived to the field twice.
An MRI test was conducted in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board physicians had been waiting for the report before determining the healing process of the injury.
BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury admitted that they received the report on Monday but refused to provide the details.
However, a BCB source privy to the matter, confirmed it was a grade-3 Labrum tear, which often required a surgery for complete healing.
A BCB official said Mahmudullah was asked to take seven days of rest before the physicians of the board can make a decision on him.
This injury is quite similar to the one that pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman received but in most cases though it may not that serious for a spin bowing all-rounder, opined the BCB official.
Mustafiz had to undergo a surgery for his SLAP (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) tear, which kept him sidelined for nearly six months in 2016.
The BCB official was hopeful that Mahmudullah would be able to play the World Cup with the injury, tough it could hardly console the player.
‘I am not well,’ a distraught Mahmudullah told reporters in Mirpur. ‘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.
Mahmudullah is expected to play a vital role in Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign, starting with the match against South Africa at the Oval on June 2.
The World Cup will run from May 30 to July 14 in UK with each team playing at least nine matches in the league phase.
Source: New Age.