Injured Saifuddin hopeful about Windies series

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23rd December, 2020 08:45:14 printer

Injured Saifuddin hopeful about Windies series

Bangladesh pace all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin hinted that he had played for Minister Group Rajshahi with an ankle injury in the just concluded Bangabandhu T20 Cup as he could not undergo MRI as it would have broken the bio-bubble.

Just two days before the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, Rajshahi received a huge blow as their star all-rounder Saifuddin injured his left ankle during training.

Saifuddin hurt his left ankle while playing football during the training session at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital that forced him to miss couple of matches for Rajshahi in the competition.

However, Saifuddin was brought back in the middle of the tournament, but according to the all-rounder, it seems that he had played the tournament carrying an injury which forced him to restart his rehabilitation following completing his stint in the competition.

“We couldn't do an MRI when we were in the bubble, so we did the MRI when the tournament was over and found some problems in the ligament. I felt that if the injury were typical, then it would have gone within a week, but as I faced a persistent problem. Since there are some issues with the ligament, I am working according to the instructions of Debashish Sir, the physio, Baijid bhai, and Shaon Bhai,” Saifuddin told reporters on Wednesday.

“I don't know whether my ligament injury falls in the grade 1 or grade 2 but there is some problem, so I will have to be under their supervision for three weeks,” he said.

“At that time, I did rehab for two weeks, and that is why I felt good and did well in the nets. But there was some confusion since I could not do the MRI. So after doing the MRI, I understood that there was something wrong,” he said adding that he is optimistic to be available against West Indies.

“Yes. I am optimistic (regarding being available against West Indies). I will have to give some bowling, running and overall fitness test. I will get the clearance if I can endure those (fitness) tests,” he said adding that he is confident that he can survive in international cricket with his variations and doesn’t need express pace.

“I cannot bowl at speeds of 140-150 kmph like Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, or Jaspreet Bumrah because we don’t have the physique for it. But I try to ball at 130-132-135 km by bringing variations, whether it is a new ball or a slug one. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don't, but I always keep trying, and my captain tries to lift my morale,” he concluded.