Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman adds to injury concerns ahead of 2019 World Cup

Waseem Ahmed 13/04/2019
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Mustafizur Rahman has been ruled out for two weeks at least.

Pacer Mustafizur Rahman has added to Bangladesh’s growing injury concerns ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

The left-armed pacer recently hurt his ankle while training is now set to be ruled out for two weeks at least. Mustafizur is expected to make the final 15-man Bangladesh World Cup squad but the pacer could now miss the early stages of the tournament including the warm-up matches in England.

“There is no fracture-related injury but there is some pain in the ligament, a lateral ankle sprain,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physio Dr Debashish Chowdhury told the Daily Star.

“He had suffered this kind of sprain before but predictions regarding these injuries are difficult.

“He will rest partially with little exercise in between and his condition will be reassessed two weeks from now.”

Mustafizur will be crucial to Bangladesh's World Cup hopes.

Mustafizur will be crucial to Bangladesh’s World Cup hopes.

Mustafizur is not the only Bangladesh player sweating over their fitness ahead of the World Cup with wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim still nursing a broken rib-cage he sustained during the Asia Cup last year.

Batting stalwart Mahmudullah, meanwhile, has only just resumed batting in the nets after recovering from a shoulder injury. Pacers Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed are also currently recuperating from injuries.

The final deadline for the announcement of the 2019 World Cup squads is April 23. Bangladesh will open their WC campaign on June 2 against South Africa at the Oval in London. Prior to arriving in England, the Bangladesh ODI squad will participate in a tri-series in Ireland also involving West Indies.

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Pollard optimistic of 2019 World Cup chances after stellar IPL show for Mumbai Indians

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Kieron Pollard. Image: BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard is a targeting a national comeback for the 2019 World Cup after setting the stage on fire in IPL.

Pollard smashed a whirlwind 83 off 31 balls to help Mumbai Indians defeat Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday and hoped his long-standing issues with the West Indies board are behind him.

The 31-year-old last played an ODI in 2016 after falling out of favour under the previous Windies cricket board regime but is now more upbeat about his international future after the ouster of controversial board president Dave Cameron.

“There has been a lot of turmoil in West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. We have seen in the last couple of weeks there’s a change,” Pollard was quoted as saying by AFP.

“The most I can do every time I step on the cricket field is try to put runs on the board,” he added. “There’s people there who have the job to select and whatever and let’s see how that goes. As I said, I’m 31 years, Chris Gayle is still playing, he’s 39, and he’s whacking it all around.”

Pollard said with former team manager Ricky Skerritt taking charge, it could be start of a new era.

“We have a new chairman of selectors, there’s a new president of the cricket board, and as I said you take it as it comes,” said Pollard. “We know what we can do and I think Chris batted superbly. When your mind is free, you just go out and enjoy cricket.”

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Kohli among five players to be named as Cricketers of the Year in Wisden's 2019 Almanack

Sudhir Gupta 10/04/2019
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Kohli has added two more Wisden accolades to his kitty.

India skipper Virat Kohli has added another feather to his cap after he was included as one of the five Cricketers of the Years in the 2019 edition of the Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack which was published on Wednesday.

Kohli, along with England’s Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Rory Burns and English women’s star Tammy Beaumont were named as the five Cricketers of the Year. The Cricketer of the Year award can be handed to a player only once in his or her lifetime.

The India skipper also became the first player in history to be named as the Leading Cricketer in the World for the third year in a row.

Kohli had a sensational 2018 with the bat including a terrific individual series in England which India lost by 4-1. The right-hander had struggled with an average of just 13.40 on his previous tours of England but he laid those ghosts to rest as he went on to aggregate 593 runs in the five Tests in 2018 while registering two tons.

The India superstar scored a total of 2,375 international runs across all three formats to finish as the leading run-scorer by some distance.

India’s Smriti Mandhana was awarded the accolade of the Leading Cricketer in the women’s game after registering as many as 13 half-centuries across the limited-overs formats while Afghanistan leg spinner was named as the Leading T20 Cricketer for the second year in a row.

“Despite finishing on the losing side, India captain Virat Kohli shone with the bat, laying to rest his struggles in England in 2014,” Wisden editor Lawrence Booth was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“His Test batting, especially in England, was magnificent, while his 50-over form moved to a new level – if that was possible,” Booth added.

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