Rajshahi Division v Dhaka Division, NCL, Mirpur, 1st day October 20, 2012

Mushfiqur and Sajib injured in on-field collision

Mushfiqur Rahim and Saqlain Sajib have been taken to hospital after suffering an on-field collision during the opening day of Rajshahi Division's National Cricket League match against Dhaka Division in Mirpur. Of the two, Sajib was worse off after showing signs of disorientation. Mushfiqur, the Bangladesh captain, was taken for an MRI scan and was seen walking around in the dressing room a few hours after the incident.

The pair went for a catch near the fine-leg boundary after Dhaka's No. 11 Mohammad Shahid top-edged a Farhad Reza bouncer off the last ball of the 45th over.

"The collision took place at around 1.30pm. They were given first aid but Saqlain was disoriented, he had memory loss. Mushfiqur was struck on the side of his face but he looked in better condition," Dr Debashish Roy, the BCB's chief medical officer, told ESPNcricinfo.

"Saqlain had to be taken to the hospital immediately for a CT scan. Mushfiqur was in my room for a while before we took him for an MRI. He has responded better and as far as I am concerned, he will recover quickly. But still, we didn't want him in the field."

Farhad Hossain, who was nearby when the collision happened, said that Sajib was struck on the left-side of his face while Mushfiqur's nose immediately started to bleed. "Saqlain looked in bad shape. He couldn't recognise anyone, but hopefully he'll recover quickly," Hossain said.

Before the accident, Sajib, the left-arm spinner, took 4 for 33 and helped Rajshahi bowl out Dhaka for only 116 in the first innings. Mushfiqur didn't go out to bat as Dhaka replied with 137 for 6 at stumps.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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