There is some good news and some bad news in the long list of injured cricketers in the Bangladesh camp, to which Nasir Hossain was the latest addition. Bangladesh Cricket Board chief physician Dr. Debashish Chowdhury yesterday briefed the media on the latest condition of Nasir, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed and Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who are all suffering from various injuries. He identified playing football carelessly as one of the main factors behind recent injuries and prescribed cricketers to be more responsible and careful while playing football, adding that the high intensity among players to score goals and the body contact while playing led to injuries. Debashish also suggested that the cricketers play other sports alongside football such as tennis and badminton for warm-ups before training. The details of the injuries and the recovery period of the cricketers are given below.
Nature of injury: An MRI report confirmed yesterday that Nasir has a torn ligament in his right knee. It was learned that the all-rounder, who has been in and out of the national team, injured himself while playing football after attending a friend's wedding in Sirajganj.
Recovery period: As Nasir's anterior cruciate ligament is torn, the injury requires surgery and it will take six months for him to return to the field after the operation. The BCB is looking to send Nasir to either Thailand or Australia for surgery. There is no need for emergency surgery and Nasir was suggested to take complete rest.
MEHEDI HASAN MIRAZ
Nature of injury: Mehedi's MRI report confirmed that he has a labral tear on his right shoulder similar to what pacer Mustafizur Rahman faced and underwent surgery for. Mehedi, who first sustained the injury during his U-19 days, is suffering from pain while throwing and bowling.
Recovery period: The doctors are trying to manage the injury through conservative methods such as injections and physiotherapy and very soon he will be given a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection. If the pain does not decrease following conservative methods, then Mehedi may require surgery.
Nature of injury: The left-handed opener is suffering from an issue with his meniscus in his left knee. Tamim injured his knee while diving for a quick run during his stint with Peshawar Zalmi in this season's PSL and suffered from pain throughout the Nidahas Trophy. The 30-year-old is also suffering from few minor injuries around his left knee joint.
Recovery period: He still needs another three weeks for complete rehabilitation. He is facing problems while fielding and running, however there is no pain while batting. Tamim is recovering well and the cricketer does not require surgery.
Nature of injury: The fast bowler has been suffering from back pain for the past three to four months and the pain has increased in the recent past. The injury is normal for pacers and may be one of the major reasons for Taskin's recent poor performances.
Recovery period: Taskin, who has suffered from many injuries in his career, will have to go through physiotherapy, take medicine and injections and exercise initially. Till now there is no need for surgery for the fast bowler and the physios are trying to keep the pain level manageable.