Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has undergone a successful arthroscopic surgery to both knees in Melbourne under the supervision of orthopaedic surgeon Dr David Young. Young has said the fast bowler would be able to start running in three weeks, and should return to action after six weeks of rehabilitation.
"I feel a lot relieved now," Mortaza said. "The surgery went well. I hope to be fit for the next international series. I wish to thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes."
Mortaza had injured his right knee while bowling on the third day of the first Test against West Indies in St Vincent, and missed the remainder of the tour as he returned to Bangladesh. Bangladesh face more injury worries as fast bowler Rubel Hossain has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI series in Zimbabwe with a side strain. He will be replaced by Dolar Mahmud, who will join the team in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Earlier, left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak returned home after he suffered a strained hamstring during the third ODI in West Indies, making a total of three frontline bowlers that Bangladesh have lost to injury.