Raju replaces Mustafizur for T20 series against Afghanistan

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Sports desk: Right-arm paceman Abul Hasan Raju to replace injury grabbed pacer Mustafizur Rahman in the Bangladesh squad to play the three-match Twenty20 International series against Afghanistan beginning on June 3 in the Indian city of Dehradun.

Fizz-less Tigers reached the Indian city of Dehradun Tuesday afternoon.

However, Abul Hasan Raju will join the team in Dehradun on Friday.

Cutter master Mustafiz was ruled out of the India tour due to injury to his left foot in the dying moment to miss the Bangladesh’s three-match T20I series against Afghanistan scheduled for June 3, 5 and 7, all in Dehradun, India.

The Fizz joined the national team’s training camp last week following his return from Indian Premier League (IPL), but complained of pain.

Subsequent tests found a crack on his left foot’s big toe.

The pace bowler has been ruled out from the squad as his injury will take around three to four weeks to recover.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) senior physician Debashis Chowdhury said, “An x-ray followed by a CT scan confirmed a hairline fracture on the big toe.

It takes around three to four weeks to recover from such injuries and therefore he (Fizz) can’t play against Afghanistan. We expect him to start rehab in two weeks after which we will continue to monitor and assess him.”

Bangladesh T20I squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hassan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Abu Hider Rony, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi, Abul Hsan Raju.unb.

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