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Injury concerns amid joy of int’l return

BCB chief physician Dr Debashish is optimistic of having Mominul and Nayeem available for the two-Test series against the Windies

Update : 21 Dec 2020, 08:12 PM

Bangladesh’s preparation for the upcoming home series against the West Indies is going to be challenging with the dressing room dealing with injury concerns. 

Bangaldesh are set to return to international cricket for the first time since Covid-19 put the world at a halt.

Bangladesh last played an international series in March this year at home against Zimbabwe. 

And ahead of the restart, Bangladesh Cricket Board think-tank will be dealing with a few injury concerns in the Test squad.

Test captain Mominul Haque and another member of the squad for the longest format, off-spinner Nayeem Hasan both picked up injury during the just concluded Bangabandhu T20 Cup and underwent surgery. 

Left-handed batsman Mominul fractured his right thumb while Nayeem hurt his right little finger.

Another member of the Test squad, pacer Abu Jayed, who is also recovering from grade 1 strain sustained during the same tournament, is expected to return to the field by the first week of January.

BCB chief physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury is optimistic of having Mominul and Nayeem available for the two-match Test series against the Windies.

Bangladesh Cricket Board is making an effort to appoint a batting consultant for the national team ahead of their home series against the West Indies in January.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Monday, 21 December 2020

“In the last two weeks, two of our cricketers underwent surgeries and one of them is our Test captain Mominul. He had his surgery in Dubai and is now doing his rehabilitation under our health guidelines. Then we have Nayeem who injured his right little finger, and his surgery is been done at a hospital in Dhaka. His rehabilitation will also start within the next few days,” said Dr Debashish to the media Monday.  

“Our aim is to get them back to proper fitness before the practice game, which is scheduled for January 25, ahead of the Windies Tests. We are very much hopeful that both the cricketers will be able to regain proper fitness before the warm-up match,” he said.

Speaking of the bio-secure bubble that will be in place during the series, the board has gained confidence from hosting two domestic tournaments successfully amid Covid-19 concerns in the country.

BCB President’s Cup and the Bangabandhu T20 Cup have been testing grounds for the BCB and its medical team to test their arrangements before hosting the Windies.

The West Indies are scheduled to reach Dhaka on January 10 and will undergo Covid-19 testing on the first, third, sixth or seventh day after their arrival in the country.

The Caribbean side will be allowed to visit the nets at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium from the fourth day of their arrival, but can only practice closed door for the first four days. 

The West Indies will be allowed to have local net bowlers in their practice sessions.

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