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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Mustafizur sprains ankle as injury concerns grow for Bangladesh ahead of World Cup

Bangladesh's hopes for the cricket World Cup have been struck by injuries to several star players, including paceman Mustafizur Rahman.

The left arm bowler sprained his ankle while warming up for a Dhaka Premier League match on Thursday, joining a growing injury list which includes Mahmudullah Riyad and Rubel Hossain.

The new injury is expected to sideline Mustafizur for at least two weeks.

"Mustafizur is slightly better now. We are hopeful he will play the World Cup," said Bangladesh Cricket Board chief physician Debashis Chowdhury.

Mahmudullah aggravated a shoulder injury during the recent tour of New Zealand and only returned to tentative training last week while Rubel Hossain has been suffering from a side strain.

"We hope to start his training session within a day or two," said Debashis.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who missed the two Tests in New Zealand started individual training last week while batsman Tamim Iqbal was expected to resume in the upcoming days.

Pace bowler Taskin Ahmed, who was in superb form before a ligament injury ruled out him of the New Zealand tour, played one domestic league game last week.

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan hurt his thumb in a league game last week but returned to action on Monday.

Bangladesh still face a race against time however as they are to play a tri-nation one-day international tournament in Ireland from May 5 against Ireland and the West Indies.

The deadline for announcing World Cup squads is April 23, but teams can be changed up to May 23.