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Finger injury won’t stop Mashrafe playing the final

  • Published at 10:08 pm September 27th, 2018
Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza briefs the media Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mashrafe on Thursday during the pre-final press conference was seen wearing hard bandage on the injured finger.

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza despite carrying a finger injury will be available for the Asia Cup final against India at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the UAE on Friday.

The veteran right-arm pacer had hurt his right little finger during the virtual semi-final against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi Wednesday. 

Mashrafe standing at mid-wicket took a spectacular diving catch to remove set batsman Shoaib Malik for 30, and bring Bangladesh back right into the game. 

The catch was successfully taken, but it had also cut open Mashrafe’s finger, and the shot was hit hard enough to dislocate the finger.

But with the team having the grand opportunity of winning a major tournament title, and playing their third Asia Cup final in the last four editions, Mashrafe does not want to get carried away by the injury. 

Mashrafe on Thursday during the pre-final press conference was seen wearing hard bandage on the injured finger.

“The ball was travelling, coming fast, and had hit my right hand before I took the catch with the left. I understood right away the ball had dislocated my finger. The physio suggested there might be a hairline fracture and a scan can tell it better,” said Mashrafe to the media.

But Mashrafe denied of going for any medical examination, citing it would distract him just ahead of the final. 

He understands there is a concern but he is mentally strong enough to deal with it as of now.

“Shakib [al Hasan] has played so many matches with a fractured finger, why cannot I play the final?” said Mashrafe.

Bangladesh have been dealing with injuries since the start of the tournament earlier this month. 

The side lost opener Tamim Iqbal in the first game to a right index finger fracture. 

Tamim however, came back in the game and batted with one hand to boost Bangladesh to a 137-run win against Sri Lanka, and get the Tigers off to a winning start. 

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has been playing with a sprained rib while Shakib after fighting with his fractured finger eventually bowed out, ahead of the Pakistan game Wednesday.