Bangladesh Suffers Blow as Veteran Player Sidelined by Injury Ahead of Sri Lanka Tests

Bangladesh’s preparations for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka have suffered a setback with the news of Mushfiqur Rahim being ruled out due to a thumb injury.

The 36-year-old sustained the injury during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, where he played a crucial role behind the stumps, claiming four catches, and contributed with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 37 off just over a run-a-ball.

Following the match, Mushfiqur underwent an X-ray examination in Dhaka, revealing an avulsion fracture on the MIP joint of his right thumb. Bangladesh physio Bayjedul Islam Khan confirmed that Mushfiqur will miss the two-Test series against Sri Lanka and is expected to be sidelined for approximately three to four weeks while undergoing conservative management for his injury.

Mushfiqur has been a significant presence in the Bangladesh Test team, amassing 5679 runs at an average of 38.09. His performance against Sri Lanka has been particularly impressive, boasting an average of 53.84 against them, including three centuries and seven fifties.

The Test series against Sri Lanka is part of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship 2023-25. Sri Lanka previously won the T20I leg of the tour 2-1, while Bangladesh secured victory in the ODI series, also by a margin of 2-1.

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