Published: Monday, April 8, 2013

Mashrafe remains doubtful

It’s still uncertain whether pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will play the limited-overs matches in Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s physician Debashish Chowdhury informed that he gave Mashrafe an injection in the injured heel yesterday to accelerate relief.
“Giving injection for heel injuries is not a common practice but we did it to reduce pain as his normal progress was not satisfactory. We are trying to make him fit for the one-day series [in Zimbabwe] but I can’t assure you anything,” said Chowdhury.
“We are not getting positive response, so the question mark remains if he can play the one-day matches. Let’s see what happens over the next three days. It’s a unique problem and we don’t have much experience of handling many cases except for Dollar Mahmud and under-19 bowler Dewan Sabbir. Normally it takes eight weeks but we need Mashrafe for the series against Zimbabwe,” he added.
Bangladesh will play their first one-dayer of the three-match series on May 3 on completion of the two-match Test series in Harare.