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Bangladesh hit by injuries ahead of World Cup

AFP  |  Dhaka 

Bangladesh's hopes for the have been hit by to several key players, including star pace bowler

The 23-year-old left arm bowler sprained his ankle warming up for a match on Thursday, joining a growing list which includes batsman and pace bowler

had previously barred the injury-prone Mustafizur from playing in the ahead of the World Cup, which starts May 30. It had let him take part in the domestic 50-over league to keep match-fit however.

The new is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks.

"Mustafizur is slightly better now. We are hopeful he will play the World Cup," Board told AFP. Debashis is being kept busy by the squad.

Mahmudullah aggravated a shoulder during a recent tour of and only returned to tentative training last week.

has been suffering from a side strain.

"We hope to start his training session within a day or two," said Debashis.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who missed the two Tests in started individual training last week while batsman was expected to resume in the upcoming days.

Pace bowler Taskin Ahmed, who was in superb form before a ruled out him of the tour, played one domestic league game last week.

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan hurt his thumb in a league game last week but returned to action on Monday.

However, Debashis was hopeful all of the squad would be match-fit for the tournament.

"With the amount of time we have and the current improvement rate of the players, I don't think any one will miss the World Cup," he said.

still face a race against time however as they are to play a tri-nation one-day international tournament in from May 5 against and the

"We hope we can field all our regular players in the tri-nation and We hope to announce the squad in a day or two," said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.

The deadline for announcing squads is April 23, but teams can be changed up to May 23.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 16:35 IST