Bangladesh news December 24, 2010

Mortaza's experience will be missed - Siddons

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons has expressed his frustration over the latest injury to fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza that has put him in doubt for the World Cup that will be held in the subcontinent next year. Mortaza injured his right knee while batting for his club Abahani in a Dhaka Premier Division League match earlier this week.

"A fit and firing Mash [Mashrafe Mortaza] was obviously our first preference for the World Cup and this is a huge disappointment for Mash and the team as well," Siddons told the Bangladesh newspaper Daily Star from Australia.

The final report of an MRI scan performed on Tuesday confirmed that there had been a near complete tear of the reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament graft on his right knee. Mortaza had surgery on his right knee in August 2009 after he injured it during the first Test against West Indies at St. Vincent in July that year.

An ankle problem ruled Mortaza 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. While Siddons was confident that the bowling attack would be able to cope should Mortaza not be fit in time for the World Cup, he said that Mortaza's experience would be missed.

"The inclusion of Rubel (Hossain) or Nazmul (Hossain) would change the dynamics of the opening attack but I believe that though it would be different it would not be weakened significantly," he said. "The loss of Mash will be seen in his leadership and experience. We cannot cover this aspect of his loss."

This injury is the latest in the long line of injuries for Mortaza. He has undergone six knee reconstructions in the space of eight years, and is currently undergoing a non-surgical treatment for his knee, involving physical therapy and use of a knee brace.

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  • Dr. Sharif on December 31, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Definitely tough for the Tigers.... great loss... come back Mash........

  • Mohammad on December 30, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ................................................................... Feel sorry for this guy !!! Always injury is after him ..................................... I do pray for his early recovery. May God bless him.....................................

  • Ishtiaq on December 29, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Again bad luck for Mashrafee. We hope he will get back strong. Yes BD needs his experience in WC. On the other hand I thing BD should not be too worried for one man's fall. In the big stage you need to perform well as a team.I am kind of surprised with people blaming Mashrafee for his injury as if he his falling in injuries intentionally. Come on guys... be little more rational.

  • Fahad on December 29, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Hopefully MASH will come back very strongly in the world-cup. But my point of view, he need to concentrate more on his batting rather then bowling. BD has lack of pace bowling all rounder like as- Albie Morkel,Abdul Razzak,Angelo Mathwes. MASH has only potentiality to solve this problem. I think 6-7 over bowling and big hitting is his main task now. Best of luck MASH.

  • mohd on December 27, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    its realy a shame for mash. he is just 27 and cannot bowl at even 130 km/hr regularly.he must take some lessons from kallis who at 35 bowls 130-135 km/hr regularly and also the best batsman,no doubt .its time for mash to quit cricket like flintoff............

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    This is sad, he is talented, hard working, intelligent and a fighter. We will miss Mash.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Most unfortunate Captain of all time. In his last match against Zimb he played decent both with ball and Bat. Shakib has outshined him but didn't see much respect towards him as a senior mate.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    Mashrafee needs to seriously consider his stance (especially how he starts his run up). It looks like he makes false moves and outs his ligaments under too much stress! Poor guy! Pagla will surely be missed for his enthusiasm............

  • Arief on December 24, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Cant believe BD would play WC without Mash! Come back Mash

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    MASH will be back soon ,no doubt cause he has will power,its enough

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