With the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) scheduled to begin from tomorrow, injuries remain the biggest concern for many cricketers.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, representing North Zone, is among the big names set to miss the opening round. Mushfiqur has been suffering from fever and is also yet to recover from a hamstring injury sustained during the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).
The 32-year-old, who skipped the tour of Pakistan citing personal reasons, was expected to be available for most part of the BCL.
“Mushfiqur had a hamstring injury during the BBPL and played despite it but now the injury has been aggravated. He will not be available for the first-round BCL game as their physio advised him to rest,” BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told the reporters yesterday.
Islami Bank East Zone are probably going to suffer the most due to injuries, with pacer Khaled Ahmed sustaining a side strain while bowling at the nets during a practice session yesterday and being the latest on the list. Khaled was looking forward to a return to competitive cricket after a long recovery programme following a knee injury that forced him to go under the knife.
“Khaled was bowling well in the nets but unfortunately he had a side strain and is has been ruled out from the opening phase of the tournament,” East Zone coach Abdul Karim said.
East Zone will also miss all-rounder Nasir Hossain, who was unable to pass the beep test after getting ten points yesterday, one shy of the 11-point benchmark.
“We are not seeking any replacement for Nasir. We have decided to wait for him and see if he can be available to us for the other rounds of the tournament,” Karim added.
Walton Central Zone also have injury issues. They are yet to confirm the availability of Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who sustained a finger injury and will not be available to bowl.
Although Mehedi came to a practice session yesterday, he did not take part in any activity. Instead, he went to the BCB medical room to get an update on his injury.
Meanwhile, South Zone’s top-order batsman Imrul Kayes is also suffering from hamstring problems and is likely to miss the first round of the franchise based first class competition.