Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 24, 2013

Mortaza ruled out of Zimbabwe ODIs

Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. His latest injury, a fat pad contusion on his left heel, is keeping him out of action for yet another international tour, after he had missed the limited overs leg of the Sri Lanka tour as well.

"According to the assessment of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) medical team, [Mashrafe] Mortaza has not fully recovered from the injury and still feels pain," said chief selector Akram Khan. "There is a risk of him aggravating the injury if he returns to play, and he could become susceptible to new injuries also.

"Under the circumstances, we felt it was best to allow him more time to continue with his rehabilitation programme. He will not be considered for selection for the ODI series in Zimbabwe."

He suffered the injury during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) final earlier this year. It has already been more than two months since he has been into his recovery, which seemed innocuous when it first occurred. But Mashrafe has a history of leg injuries and his surgery count is already in the double figures.

Mashrafe's last international appearance was the fourth ODI against West Indies last year, and his last Test appearance was in 2009.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ashrafur on May 1, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    I really hate this yes and no mashrafi dilemma in National team. He should only be taken into account when he proves his fitness performing through local matches. Direct inclusion in ODI series, is ridiculous. He is responsible for his injury, nobody other than him. If he is fit for IPL, should also be fit for National team. Concealing injury is crime. National assets are needed to act more responsibly. We reserve the right to have them in team, when they are badly needed to retain the national pride. At least, he should be available in ODI at Zimbabwe.

  • Chris on April 27, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Though the last time Bangladesh toured Zimbabwe back in 11 was disastrous, the last 2 games played at Bulawayo was easily won by Bangladesh. I think this one-day 11 is best - Tamim, Ashraful, Mominul, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Zia, Gazi, Razzak and Robiul. I don't think 3 seamers will be effective in that pitch since it generally helps slow bowlers.

  • Mike on April 27, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    I really hope this series is a competitive one because past history tells us that in Bulwayo, Bangladesh 8/10 wins here which suggests to me that the pitch in Bulwayo is kind of similar to Bangladesh so I can see high quick scores from Bangladesh. Zimbabwe have no doubt been a challenging team in this series thus far but Bangladesh will be too strong in their best format.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @AlbertCampbell if you have nothing useful to say then be quiet. Also nice to see a 'SouthAfrican' interested in Bangladesh cricket since this wasnt even on main page.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Mashrafe mortaza is a leading cricketer in Bangladesh,Bangladesh has never been produce a pacer like his importance of team is unexplainable.he is a world class bowler but injury interrupted his career several time.we need mortaza in BD team.without his presence in team Bd team looks like brightless.We love u mashrafe very much.

  • Ariful on April 24, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Injury injury injury!!! What does physio do?

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    His effort in 2007 WC against India was the main highlight of his career. I guess his constant injury has hampered his progress. Even in IPL he was the most expensive player and was purchased by KKR but he didn;t played according to his money;s worth. He is a good player but his injury is the main problem. Bangladesh selectors should send him abroad for treatment so that he can come out injury free and play for Bangladesh

  • yuvraj on April 24, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Mortaza is a useless bowler anyways. It wont make any difference even if he plays this series. I would say virat kohli is a better fast bowler than Mortaza.

  • Arif on April 24, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Maybe time for him to retire. I don't think he is fit for international cricket.

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