There are some good news and some bad news in the long list of injured cricketers in the Bangladesh camp. To make things worse, the list now contains all five of the seniors of the Bangladesh team.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Dr. Debashish Chowdhury yesterday briefed the media on the latest condition of ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan, opener Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim -- all of whom are suffering from various injuries. Even Mahmudullah Riyad has a rib pain, and although it may not be anything serious, he will have an X-ray today to see whether there is an injury.
The details of the injuries with explanations from Chowdhury are given below:
MASHRAFE BIN MORTAZA
Nature of injury: Mashrafe suffered a blow to his left little finger after he took a leaping catch to dismiss Shoiab Malik during the Asia Cup game against Pakistan. He also has a minor thigh injury while he also suffered a blow to his right leg which resulted in blood clotting.
Recovery period: It will take three weeks to recover from his finger injury and the doctors are expecting him to be fit over the next two weeks as some time has already passed. The state of the thigh injury will be confirmed over the next two days and that is also expected to take around two weeks to heal. Mashrafe however is not concerned about his finger injury and is confident enough of to recovering soon as he did not face any problem while bowling with the injury.
SHAKIB AL HASAN
Nature of injury: Shakib injured his left little finger In the tri-series final against Sri Lanka in January, when he dove to stop a single which resulted in him dislocating the finger upon impact with the ground. The cricketer went on to play with the injured finger, which caused infection in the affected area.
Recovery period: At the moment Shakib is taking antibiotics, which will continue for another week, to control the infection and is expected to fly to Australia on October 5. "We are planning for a surgery in Australia as we have two reasons. The first reason is whether he needs surgery considering his current situation and secondly if he does require surgery then what will be the plan. After consulting with a hand doctor in Austria we will be able to know about the next step. In such injuries the final step is surgery. Things became complicated after the area got infected."
Nature of injury: Tamim fractured his left hand index finger knuckle when he suffered a blow from pacer Suranga Lakmal during the opening game of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. The left-hander went to England to consult with the doctor.
Recovery period: "After consulting with the hand surgeon we will continue his rehabilitation for another three-four weeks. We will inspect his situation on October 20 or 25 again and if things improve he will start cricketing activities."
Nature of injury: Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a fracture on his rib during the training session ahead of the first game in the Asia Cup.
Recovery period: Normally rib injuries take more time as the area keeps moving. "We have instructed him to take rest as it takes four-five weeks to recover properly. We will inspect his situation after a week."