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.

  • 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.......

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.......

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • CricketChat on December 22, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Mashrafe had become injury prone around the time his knee gave away in WI. He is a fighter and took the hard route to get back into the team. This latest injury might spell the end of his international career. I sincerely hope he proves me wrong though!.

  • Bang_La on December 22, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    We wish Mashrafe will win again against the injury and shine in the world cup 2011. The media is too much into the injury reporting and should stop it. Leave Mashrafe alone to recuperate. Good luck Mashrafe.

  • Chunati on December 22, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Yes, I agree, please have some modesty. This was one of our most potential cricketers. For whatever reason, his constant companion has been injury. If he cannot be in the World Cup team it is sad; but that is reality. But we should be supportive of him for a recovery, whether he plays cricket ever or not. Nowadays, some people are very quick to pass insensitive comments. Please be more humane.

  • on December 22, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    It is alright for people to be concerned for BD in world cup. But just see it in a personal level: tearing a ligament hurts. Hurts a lot. Plus the agony of overshadowing prospect of never being truly fit again. God bless and help Mashrafe.

  • Sarfin on December 22, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    I can't believe the way some people are talking about MASH. Man! It's Mashrafee. Check the stats and then decide whether he could be replaced or not. Have some respect.

  • Polock on December 22, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Ow no... very very sad news for BD cricket. WC is knocking at Door. At that moment BD loose best fast bowler ever got. please God help MASH to recover from his injury within very short time. desperately BD need him just not only for his bowling but also for his batting, specially for big hitting capability. All we just can pray for him... God Bless you MASH !!!

  • bdcricfan21 on December 22, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    @Andy500265- Actually Mashrafe has already decreased his pace to prolong his career. He used to bowl around the 140 mark, but now he bowls around the high 120 range. He might as well become a spinner if he wants to decrease his pace any further. The local papers are saying the injury is pretty serious. It is highly unlikely that Mashrafe will be fit for world cup. If its as serious as initially reported, Mash's career might be over. He had this same knee operated on 2 years ago in Sydney, and at that time, it was reported that another surgery would not be possible if he were to injure his knee again. With that being said, he is still only 27 and could possibly make a comeback. If he focuses on his batting, I think Mash could still come back as as a power-play batsmen with the occasional 5 or 6 overs of medium pace. But his days as a spearhead are over. Its sad really, but I'm not surprised. He needs to reinvent himself as cricketer otherwise his career is possibly over...

  • anver777 on December 22, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Poor injury prone Mashrafe is having a painful career in cricket......get well before WC BD cricket need u'r experience for WC 2011 !!!!!!!

  • on December 22, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Oh God! not again......!!! what's going on with Mash?!!! Its a big blow really. If he couldn't able to make himself fit for the WC then its gonna be a huge loss for BD. I pray from the deepest of my heart for him .....get well soon. Allah be with u.

  • on December 22, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    We need mashrafe so much for his tight and experienced bowling,even he sometimes dont take wickets in any match,he creates pressure with checking of runs and then let other bowlers to take wickets...Hope for his comeback for worldcup...

  • hasib9 on December 22, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    I'm not worried about Bangladesh's bowling as much as our powerplay batting. Rubel or Nazmul can replace Mashrafe and we depend mostly on our spin anyway, with 4 spinners on our side. However, Bangladesh may need to adjust the batting order a little bit now. We have seen Naieem, Mahmudullah, Surawadi Shuvo, and even Mushfiq failing to accelerate run rate at the end. They can be pushed up the order, and use Junaied or Nafees at the lower order. Mushfiq, in my view, is the best #3 batsman, and Mahmudullah very good #4. I hope selectors consider this plan. Just because we won against (a now weak) NZ and Zim doesn't mean anything. We have to go with our full strength, adjusted and a little unpredicted plans.

  • soorajiyer on December 22, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Guys, please give this guy some space!! Some of the people here talk as if he is getting purposefully injured and his body is made of stone! Remember once injury comes, its always prone to more! I am an Indian, but cant believe you can talk like this about your champion bowler! He would be missed, if he misses the world cup bus!

  • on December 21, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    I don't wanna sound cruel or sadistic, but it may be a good omen for Bangladesh Cricket for World Cup; because every time Mashrafee gets injured and Shakib gets Captaincy, Bangladesh does really well. Yet, I wish Mashrafee well, and pray for his recovery.

  • Andy500265 on December 21, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    The Bangladeshis have really been missing Mashrafe so this is just salt in the wound. He seriously needs to consider taking a leaf out of Shane Watson's book in that he sacrifices some pace and focuses a bit more on his batting.

  • on December 21, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    With injury, a players confidence goes down as well. With WC 2011 knocking, it is only for the good of the team to have Mash as a back up bowler and trim Rubel, Islam and even Shahadat for pace attack.

  • on December 21, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    again injure masrafi ....very sad for world cup-2011.

  • on December 21, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I think Mash (Mashrafe) will be back soon. The world cup 2011 is knocking at the door, at this time we need him so much in order to increase the strength of our bowling department. I hope that he must be back.

  • Third_Gear on December 21, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Bad Luck Bad News. Hope Mashrafe comes back and show his performance again in the WC.

  • on December 21, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    It's unfortunate for the best pace bowler of our team. No doubt it will have negative set up and pace attack of the team. I am a fan of Norail express but for the greater interest of Mash, team and country he should be dropped from the team. I agree, his absence can not be fulfilled by any of our bowlers, fortunately our bowling coach can produce his replacement. All Bangladeshi Fan accept the reality.

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    heart breaking!!!why he is playing d domestics with a half injured knee!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    why is he so prone to injuries??? seriously what is he made of????

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    I think: 1) Bangladesh should keep Mashrafe out of the captaincy radar and this is a perfect slap on the reluctant board's face. 2) The fitness level of such a player should be questioned. This guy fell of the stairs and injured himself once, injured himself while fielding,bowling and now while running. Trust me he is not an express bowler to get injured so many times. 3) He is not a bowler who will be missed if he misses out. 4) Too much pressure is not allowing him to play freely. Thus he is playing this awkwardly.

  • on December 21, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    THAT TOTALLY SUCKS :O

    HELL WITH HIS INJURIES

    HOPE IT'S NOTHING SERIOUS ...

  • asadkum on December 21, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA........... Feel sorry for this poor guy !!!!!! who has faced numerous injuries throughout his career .......

  • on December 21, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Mash come back strong in wc,bowled out injury as well as bowled out sehwag.we all know u are a true fighter,plz do it for us.we all pray for u to recover well.

  • on December 21, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Pray and hope for our leading bowler and great team-man. Wish there it's not anything bad and he to return quick.

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  • on December 21, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Pray and hope for our leading bowler and great team-man. Wish there it's not anything bad and he to return quick.

  • on December 21, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Mash come back strong in wc,bowled out injury as well as bowled out sehwag.we all know u are a true fighter,plz do it for us.we all pray for u to recover well.

  • asadkum on December 21, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA........... Feel sorry for this poor guy !!!!!! who has faced numerous injuries throughout his career .......

  • on December 21, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    THAT TOTALLY SUCKS :O

    HELL WITH HIS INJURIES

    HOPE IT'S NOTHING SERIOUS ...

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    I think: 1) Bangladesh should keep Mashrafe out of the captaincy radar and this is a perfect slap on the reluctant board's face. 2) The fitness level of such a player should be questioned. This guy fell of the stairs and injured himself once, injured himself while fielding,bowling and now while running. Trust me he is not an express bowler to get injured so many times. 3) He is not a bowler who will be missed if he misses out. 4) Too much pressure is not allowing him to play freely. Thus he is playing this awkwardly.

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    why is he so prone to injuries??? seriously what is he made of????

  • on December 21, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    heart breaking!!!why he is playing d domestics with a half injured knee!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    It's unfortunate for the best pace bowler of our team. No doubt it will have negative set up and pace attack of the team. I am a fan of Norail express but for the greater interest of Mash, team and country he should be dropped from the team. I agree, his absence can not be fulfilled by any of our bowlers, fortunately our bowling coach can produce his replacement. All Bangladeshi Fan accept the reality.

  • Third_Gear on December 21, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Bad Luck Bad News. Hope Mashrafe comes back and show his performance again in the WC.

  • on December 21, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I think Mash (Mashrafe) will be back soon. The world cup 2011 is knocking at the door, at this time we need him so much in order to increase the strength of our bowling department. I hope that he must be back.