Mustafizur out of Asia Cup, expected back for World Twenty20


Bangladesh hope star bowler Mustafizur Rahman will return in time for the World Twenty20 after being ruled out of the remainder of the Asia Cup with a side strain.

Mustafizur picked up the injury as Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 23 runs on Sunday, opening their Asia Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win.

There joy was tempered though as Mustafizur pulled up in discomfort after taking 1-19 from his four overs, continuing his impressive form that has seen him take 43 wickets across all formats since his international debut in April 2015.

The 20-year-old will play no further part in the Asia Cup, but officials remain hopeful he will be able to return for the World T20, which begins on March 8.

"Mustafiz complained of discomfort after Sunday's match against Sri Lanka," Bangladesh physio Bayjedul Islam Khan is quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"An MRI scan was done today [Monday] 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."