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Mustafizur Rahman to miss rest of Asia Cup due to side strain

Mustafizur Rahman to miss rest of Asia Cup due to side strain
Tamim Iqbal has been named as the replacement for Mustafizur Rahman.
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Bangladesh have been dealt a blow to their campaign in the 2016 Asia Cup as their leading fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a side strain.

Rahman picked up the injury during the victory against Sri Lanka and the Bangladesh team physiotherapist, Bayjedul Islam Khan revealed that it was a Grade 1 strain.

Khan further disclosed that Rahman underwent an MRI scan which confirmed the injury and also stated that the team management is hoping for a quick recovery.

“Mustafiz (Mustafizur Rahman) complained of discomfort after Sunday's match against Sri Lanka," Khan said.

“An MRI scan was done today and the report from the radiologist confirmed a Grade 1 side strain on the right.

“He is under conservative treatment and rest for next 48 hours.

“Following that the rehab will begin.

“We are expecting that he will make a quick recovery and resume bowling soon.” 

This is the second injury in the recent past to Rahman, who was ruled out of the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League with a shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Zimbabwe.

The Bangladesh selectors have replaced Rahman with Tamim Iqbal, who returns after availing a paternity leave to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

With two wins from three games in the 2016 Asia Cup, Bangladesh are currently positioned second in the points table and are the only other team apart from India to have a positive net run rate.  

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