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Mushfiqur unlikely for Christchurch Test
Bangladesh Tour of New Zealand

Mushfiqur unlikely for Christchurch Test

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim may not play the second and final Test against New Zealand at Christchurch due to a “hairline crack” in his thumb.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was struck on his thumb while batting during his 159-run knock during the first innings at Wellington. After posting a whopping 595 for eight in the first innings, on the back of all-rounder Shakib-ul-Hasan’s 276-ball 217, Bangladesh ended up losing the Test by seven wickets.

Rahim made headlines during the dying moments of the game when he was struck on the back of his head by Tim Southee’s bouncer. He was rushed to the hospital, however, there were no signs of any serious blow to his head.

"His finger injury is worse," Conway told reporters. "The hairline crack that has been found is new. He will need to give more time for this injury.

"Doctors in New Zealand usually advise not playing for three to four weeks. In England they advise not taking the field for two to three weeks. In that regard, Mushfiqur may need three to four weeks to return," he said.

In the wake of Rahim’s injury, Nurul Hasan may see himself don Bangladesh’s Test cap for the first time on Friday. The 23-year-old has played 11 international matches — two ODIs and nine T20Is.