‘Injured cricketers will be available before Zim tour’

Sports Correspondent

20 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief physician Debashish Chowdhury said on Saturday that they are hopeful of injured national stars will recover and be available before the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh team management is losing their sleep considering several national stars are having injury concerns ahead of the tour comprised with a Test along with three ODIs and three T20s.

Bangladesh medical team needs to make sure that Tamim Iqbal and others recover sufficiently to make them available for the tour, scheduled from July.

“There are four to five national cricketers with an injury concern,” Debashish told reporters on Saturday.

“The injuries I’ve told about, need to be recovered within 2-3 weeks, as I personally think, 2-3 weeks is more than enough time for the players to recover, so I don’t see anyone being dropped off the side for an injury caused in the Zimbabwe tour,” he said adding that they advised to Tamim for taking rest after he complained knee pain that forced him to skip the super league of DPL.

“Tamim Iqbal has already said about his knee injuries for quite some time, and he had been in contact with us throughout the entire period. Since his pain had increased since the last three days, we had decided together, that he needs rehabilitation right now for the future of his career performance, and that’s why he came out of the tournament so early. He is in constant monitoring of the physio, and is having rest. I hope his pain will gradually decrease over the next 4-5 days, if he takes appropriate rest. We will do a scan if needed, but it seems like he would get better before the Zimbabwe series, if he rests and rehabilitates from right now,” he said.

Debashish added that Taskin also had sustained an injury in a place that he damaged earlier.

“Taskin (Ahmed) has a first wave space split in his left hand, while getting hit with the cricket ball that means he has a rip in between his index and middle finger. He had this injury from before, as it has happened once again. He had surgery by a cosmetic surgeon. As the injury is in his now-bowling arm, he shouldn’t have problems with bowling after a couple of days of rest. He is hoped to start bowling in a couple of days, and it is hoped that it wouldn’t make an impact in the upcoming Zimbabwe series,” said Debashish adding that they are hopeful about Liton Das, who missed the DPL for wrist injury will recover in time.

“Liton has been suffering a wrist strain for more than the last two weeks, as it is revealed after viewing his club physio report that, his arm-strength and the other physiotherapy assessment have reached a normal state, all he needs is match practice. Whenever he will play a match, then his injury state will be understood, but according to the physiotherapy report, he is on his way to recovery,” he said.

Debashish informed that they didn’t find any major injury concern in the scan of Mustafizur Rahman that they did after he complained of back pain.

“Mustafizur (Rahman) had told us about pain in his waist, but as we have so little time, we had him go through a lower-back scan, but there wasn’t any injury signing in the report. The pain has decreased after a couple of days of rest, and we are hoping this isn’t going to be an issue in the upcoming Zimbabwe tour,” he concluded.