The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is disappointed with Mustafizur Rahman and the way he informed about his injury left a bad impact on the morale of the national side.
The fast bowler was ruled out of the upcoming Afghanistan series only five days before the start of the series because of a toe injury that he sustained during his stint with Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018.
Akram Khan, BCB's cricket operations chairman, has expressed his displeasure over Mustafizur’s irresponsible attitude towards national duty, as the mystery bowler didn't speak the extent of his injury even after arriving from IPL 2018 and joined practice session in Mirpur.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play Afghanistan in the three T20Is at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Dehradun from 3 June and even the Board has already announced the squad for the series, but are yet to name the replacement for Mustafizur.
As per reports in ESPN Cricinfo, Akram said, “This sort of thing really hampers the morale of the team. He is an important player. I have now spoken to him in the presence of the BCB doctors and selectors. I will report my findings to the board directors. We should discuss what to do with our players in these franchise leagues. I think it is time we get serious about it.”
He further said that if Mustafizur had properly informed them about his pain after returning from India, they have been better prepared for it, but he informed on Monday (28 May).
After that, the pacer underwent an x-ray followed by a CT scan that confirmed a hairline fracture on the on the left leg's big toe and now it requires about three to four weeks to recover and they learned about the severity of his injury only a night before their departure.
Akram further went on to reveal that they were aware of his injury, but they were confident that he could travel with the national side to India, as the pacer didn't make it clear about the severity of the injury to the physio after returning from IPL 2018.
He further added, "When he returned from India, he told the physio that he got hurt. We also saw it on TV that he hurt his toe playing in his last game in the IPL, but he didn't make it clear to the physio the gravity of the injury; how bad the pain was.”
Akram signed off by saying, “He played the practice match, and then was given two days off because we thought it would help him recover. Then on the evening before the departure, he informed that he has severe pain, and then we had to do the scans which revealed a fracture.”