Mustafizur trying to get over his injury
When the world is going through a football fever, it hardly looked to have any impact on pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman as he is trying to get over his injury that ruled him out from the recently concluded series against Afghanistan.
Mustafizur is unlikely to be part of in the Test squad that are due to leave for West Indies on June 23 as he is uncertain for the opening Test match against West Indies due to the injury while BCB will take necessary steps if everything goes according to plan and he is available for the second Test.
It is not a fact that Mustafizur is someone who is totally unaware of what is happening in the world soccer let alone World Cup but his leg injury that he sustained during the South Africa series looked to have left a deep impact on his mind.
The grade-two lateral ankle injury made him miss the three-match ODI series in South Africa and eventually ruled him out of the subsequent T20I series, bringing his tour of South Africa to a premature end.
''I don't follow football anymore,' Mustafizur told reporters when his attention was drawn regarding the upcoming FIFA World Cup and the coldness in his tone implied that his passion for football had been diminished to great extent.
Mustafizur said that he is trying his heart out to complete the rehabilitation process to get over the current injury crisis. Mustafizur damaged the thumb on his left leg during IPL and was not considered to travel with the team while BCB looked to be annoyed with him as he did not informed about the injury on time.
''It's been three weeks and now I am doing quite well,' said Mustafizur. ''I am going through rehabilitation process and trying to follow the instruction that is required to complete the entire episode,'' he said.
Injuries have piled up on the young bowler since the shoulder strain sustained in England in August 2016 required surgery. The ankle injury in South Africa was preceded by a side strain that forced another period of rehabilitation while the latest toe injury looks to be one more addition to the injury list.
No one wants to get injured but that is part and parcel of professional sports,'' said Mustafiz. ''Perhaps all these injuries are written on my fate and I don't have any hand on it,'' he said. ''Naturally I am regretting but other than that there is nothing more I can do because for me playing and remaining fit is top most priority,'' he added.
Mustafiz will start running after Eid vacation that he is expected to travel to his village to enjoy the biggest religious festival. He will start jogging followed by running after the vacation while during these days his rehabilitation program was designed in such a manner that he does not gather extra fat that can linger his recovery time.