Bangladesh news December 22, 2010

Mortaza injures his knee again

ESPNcricinfo staff
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In a severe blow for Bangladesh with the World Cup less than two months away, fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has injured his right knee again while batting for his club Abahani in a Dhaka Premier Division League match. The final report of an MRI scan performed on Tuesday confirmed that there has been a near complete tear of the reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament graft on his right knee.

The provisional report following the scan had suggested just a partial tear of the reconstructed ligament of Mortaza's knee, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board sports physician Dr. Md Manirul Amin.

The injury proved rather more serious, however, and following consultations with Dr. M Ali, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and knee specialist in Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, Dr. David Young, an orthopaedic surgeon with Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, and Dr. Bidyut Saha, a consultant radiologist also in Apollo Hospitals, a 'conservative management' programme was decided upon.

This is is the non-surgical line of treatment for the injury, involving physical therapy and use of a knee brace. It will also include rest for 10 days, a review after three days, medication, administering ice on the affected area and constant monitoring. Young, as per a board release, expected Mortaza to be back batting in the nets in three weeks, and bowling in four weeks.

Young had performed surgery on Mortaza in August 2009 after the fast bowler hurt his right knee during the first Test against the West Indies at St. Vincent in July that year. Mortaza, who has battled numerous injuries throughout his career, hasn't played a Test since then.

An ankle problem ruled him out for most of the recent home one-day series against New Zealand which Bangladesh won 4-0. He came back for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe but said after the first two games that he needed more match practice to get his rhythm back.

He seemed to be regaining his touch with three wickets during tight spells in the last two games of that series, but the extent of his latest injury is likely to determine whether he is able to lead Bangladesh's attack during the World Cup. The BCB has indicated that it will not make any further statements on the injury for the time-being.

"The Board hopes that everyone will respect the privacy of Masrafe Bin Mortaza during this very important rehabilitation period," read a BCB statement. "Mortaza has been a model of courage and willpower throughout his career and can only benefit from moral support and encouragement."

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  • tauhid_aks on December 24, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Mashrafee will have to return for his team in the WC. We Banglalis r waiting to see Mashrafee bowling Sehwag out with an inswinger in the first ball of 2011 WC.l

  • dulabhai on December 23, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    It's really unfortunate and frustrating at the same time that..Masrafe keeps getting injured and might be sitting in the sideline during WC but BCB keeps including Ashrafool in the national team. Hey.. wake up BCB.

  • Cristal_king on December 23, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Everything we gotta do is to pray for his quick recovery so that he can be a part of Bangladesh cricket team during the world cup period............ we badly need you Mash.............. Looking eagerly forward to see you to be one of the greatest fast bowlers of world cup 11.

  • dummy4fb on December 23, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Mortoza/pagla donont be upset.16.5 crore bangalies r praying for u.

  • Third_Gear on December 23, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Mashrafe has shown the Tigers how to play like a Tiger. With the Love of millions of people and pray, he will be back soon and Millions of supporters of bangladesh will cheer his wicket hunt together again. Inshallah.......

  • dummy4fb on December 23, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    It is His natural injury. I think he should need a long rest and make him perfect for national team.Many first bowler are waiting out side of the team.We already gave him more time,more respect and honor.Already 6 times he was under the knife of doctor.So it will be so dangerous for him if he continue play.I pray to Allah to make him fine.if he come out from injury it also not a great decision to play in World cup.

  • Hasan-Shahid on December 23, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    I will not say much, but watrching the way he fell down on the pitch was a bit strange. It seemed that he had lack of control over his body. The balance was poor. Still good luck to him.

  • dummy4fb on December 23, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    what the heck again mash in injury

  • smudgeon on December 22, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    A real shame. Mortaza is one of those players who lifts a team just by playing. I hope he manages to recover well, takes his time in recovering, and come back at full strength. If that means he can't play in the WC, then I'm sure Bangaldesh' arsenal of leftie spinners will do the job - Shakib to captain (I lose track of who is captaining BD)? But Mortaza shouldn't be rushed back into the side unless he is match-fit...

  • dummy4fb on December 22, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    I know how terrible it must be...I'm just recovering from an ACL reconstruction surgery that I had recently...God Bless him...

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