Bangladesh all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin will need bio-mechanical assessment for his back problem and might have to take recourse of a long recovery process in order to regain his fitness, said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) physician on Sunday.
Saifuddin was ruled out of the three match ODI series against Sri Lanka after his back pain aggravated during the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 that was managed by a pain killer injection.According to BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury, Saifuddin’s injury is almost nine years old so he often suffers back pain and now they are thinking of opting for Radiofrequency Ablation instead of giving Safiuddin injection.
“Normally when a 13-14-year-old kid bowls fast everyone praises him, prompting the young kid to try to bowl faster,” said Debashish.
“However, that is not an age for one to try to bowl fast as the muscles have not matured enough at that stage, leaving the bones to take the brunt. What we are doing now is damage control as the injury is already there,” he said.
“We diagnosed that Saifuddin has a lumber facet joint injury. We have even diagnosed that when he was in England and they said the same thing. He was injected there but you can’t inject him for a longer period,” added Chowdhury.
According to Debashish, technical correction in bowling can be suggested as a remedy for this injury but insisted it is probably the most difficult ones from the other two options- injections and Radiofrequency Ablation
“Technical correction is the first step. But it’s not easy to change the bowling action after bowling for years. Bio-mechanical assessment is necessary either at Australia or in England. The issue is subject to a huge plan. But it’s still a plan,” he said.“The second option is to continue with injections. But we do not want to do it again and again. The problem with this is that we do not know for how long it will work. We do not know whether it will work for seven days or seven months but it is also another option. It was needed during ICC World Cup because reducing the pain was emergency then,” he said.
“We are thinking about Radiofrequency Ablation. We are trying to arrange something that will have less side-effect and help him play without any pain at the same time. There is no danger. But it is not possible in our country. We informed the authorities about all three alternatives,” he said.
“His main issue is his pain. As the pain is increasing it means his problems are increasing as well. Currently, he is in rest for three weeks. Only his rehabilitation exercises will go on. Running and bowling is restricted,” concluded Debasish.