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Rahim And Raqibul Ruled Out With Injuries

Rahim And Raqibul Ruled Out With Injuries
Rahim And Raqibul Ruled Out With Injuries
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Bangladesh are expected to be without wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim and batsman Raqibul Hasan for the rest of the One-Day International series with England after both men picked up injuries in the opening game at Trent Bridge.

Raqibul fractured a toe during his innings of 76 before Rahim was struck on the face by a deilvery from Faisal Hossain and left the field on a stretcher before being taken to hospital for x-rays. Junaid Siddique took over behind the stumps.

"Mushfiqur is still in hospital, maybe he is out for a week," captain Mashrafe Mortaza said after the match. "Raqibul is out for two weeks, he's got a fractured toe."

He added that efforts would be made to find a replacement wicket-keeper, although with the next two matches fast approaching on 10th and 12th July, speed is of the essence.

It is understood that Mohammad Ashraful and Naeem Islam are to join up with the squad, which will also play two matches against Ireland and one each against Scotland and the Netherlands after finishing their commitments in England.

Rahim could feature in those matches but Raqibul would be unlikely to recover even in time for the final match against the Netehrlands on the 20th July.

Bangladesh take on England again at Bristol on Saturday 10th July and again at Edgbaston on 12th July as they bid to end a run of 24 straight defeats in 2010.

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