Bangladesh news February 27, 2013

Bangladesh medical staff unhappy with BPL-related injuries

The injury management of Bangladesh cricketers has come under sharp focus after two players who were injured during the BPL had to withdraw from the touring party to Sri Lanka.

Chief selector Akram Khan has called for better monitoring of injuries, along with greater communication between the clubs and franchises, and the national board. "In the national team, we can think of a replacement as soon as someone is injured," Akram said. "It is the opposite in the BPL or for Dhaka club cricket, [because] nobody will listen to the player if he says 'I am injured'. They will always tell him to play. Everyone has to be accountable, but there are gaps in the system which should be plugged."

Akram also held the players responsible for not giving their injuries enough attention. It is perceived that the local players' desire to play all BPL matches stems from the pay disputes from the tournament's first season; none of the local players are willing to take a chance, lest the injuries are used as reasons not to pay, although Mushfiqur Rahim said on Wednesday that BPL franchises are liable to play the players regardless of injuries.

"I have not been in such a position as a selector in the last five years, where so many players [have] turned up injured from a domestic tournament." Akram said. "The physical pain will not go away if you continue to play, [it only] gets worse. Those who had minor injuries have now broken down. There is a proper medical structure in Bangladesh cricket, so the players should take advantage of it."

One of the two players who got injured was Naeem Islam, who hurt his quadriceps while playing for Chittagong Kings just two weeks before the Bangladesh team was scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka. He accidentally stepped on the ball while attempting to stop it, and ended up being stretchered off as a result of the mishap. Chittagong physio Bayezid Ahmed said he did not clear Naeem, but Naeem ended up playing in the second semi-final four days later.

"The decision to play with injury was Naeem's," Bayezid said. "He said he felt better but I never cleared him as fit. I informed the Bangladesh team physio [Vibhav Singh] of his condition, but four days later he decided to play. After February 20, he was no longer in my hands."

Shakib Al Hasan continued to play in the BPL despite minor injuries, and later had to be sent to Australia in order to reduce pressure on his right shin bone, an injury he has had since November last year. Ziaur Rahman also suffered a shoulder injury during the BPL. Only Tamim Iqbal pulled out of Duronto Rajshahi's BPL campaign towards the end, after injuring his left wrist.

Enamul Haque jr was also ruled out of the Test series in Sri Lanka with a hamstring injury he suffered during the BPL final, but neither Enamul nor Naeem informed Vibhav Singh of their injuries after the BPL.

During the domestic Twenty20 competition, the national-team physio asked the franchises to give him player fitness updates, but only a few replied. It left him and the rest of the team management in the dark about the pile-up that landed at their feet just a few days before they were to pick the 15-man Test squad.

"Had we known of them [the injuries] before, it would have been different," Vibhav said. "In the next BPL, the franchises and the medical team need to work together with the national medical staff.

"I did send the franchises an email requesting feedback from their medical staff, but I did not get anything. So it made it a bit difficult for us to gauge where players were because we had no control over their medical concerns. We can make recommendations but at the end of the day it's a separate tournament, so we can just advice."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 2, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    BCB must take strong steps to overcome this INJURY issues.We must have to remember that nothing (dream,self desire,money,car etc) is bigger than playing for your country.I guess few of our very own players have forgotten that.So, BCB cant take this sort of attitude lightly.They must have to remind the national players regarding their first priority.

  • Gihan on March 1, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    bangla medical staff will have to play this time coz they are weak and will keep getting injured

  • Hitesh on February 28, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I like CA's way of player they say "A player with minor injuries will always feel that he can play in the match, so the decision should not left with the player. The authorities should decided whether the player is match fit or not." Bangladesh, do not get many chances to play an away test match series and playing it without a first choice squad will hurt them more.

  • Andrew on February 28, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Seems a bit shoddy. Bangladesh are ZERO chance of doing much in SL if Shakib is unavailable. Big blow regarding Anamul - he is a special talent.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    When Nafees was ruled out of SL tour, why replacement was not taken from 25 players selected earlier? How ash got in? We didn't see his name amongst 25 players. Why Shamsur Rahman was not selected in spite of highest scorer in BPL? Possibly, hat trick stunt made his way to SL tour though he was not even initial team at first. Everybody has forgotten how he manipulated things during the tour when Shakib & Tamim was Captain & Vice Captain respectively. He is going to it this time also. He wants his Captaincy back at any cost. He will do everything to put Mushi & his other players in problem. Few articles will be published in the daily News Papers highlighting his performance or failure of Mushi / Mahmudullah as Captain as it happened in the last. In his recent interview he has said that he excels most when he plays as a Captain. Very bad choice & selection by Akram khan. I blame only khan because he has been given absolute authority. Bashar is known as the man for ash from Zim. tour.

  • Jay on February 27, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    @Anurudda: EVERY cricket game is important irrespective of it being a BPL or international game. Professional cricketers will always want to give a 100% in every game they play. If they do pick up any injuries along the way, too bad cause that's the nature of sport. It's up to each Bangladeshi player to choose whether he wants to give priority to international games or league games. The BCB has no right to dictate terms to them. We live in a democratic society and democracy is all about liberties. If Shakib wanted to play the BPL final then that's his wish. Speaking of management, of course the BCB should keep a tab of all its players and also the potential replacements should a star player gets injured. This is something the BCCI does not do with the IPL. They have no replacement players if any of the main guys get injured. It all comes down to man management skills.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    they forecast only wining the BPL matches.if they really intrusting about test matches then they should not play bpl last matches.BCB they should tell them not to play last cpl of matches really good players like Shakib Al Hasan. Shahriar Nafees.maybe they will get any 'injuries. we Ned to SAVE them for international matches,international matches are important more then other matches,

  • Shipu on February 27, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    These 'injuries' in Bangladesh is ridiculous its only a little pain deal with it. I'm sure all of us step over a ball or something and got a niggle but didn't stop us from doing our tasks. Bangladeshi players unfortunately have been known to be a bit lazy and not taking care of themselves and have poor fitness levels. Having the right diet will help instead of eating just rice and lentils so your bodies are getting the right nutrition i.e. proteins. Another things that is vital to keep injuries to a minimum is stretching which I doubt our players do as much. Its time for BCB to be strict and regardless how popular or good you are, if you're fitness levels are not upto mark then you shouldn't be part of the national team. Its now or never! we cry for Cricket finally get them but when we do, our players are too 'injured' to play some attitude.

  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2013, 18:37 GMT

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