BCB seeks Aussie advice for Sakib

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 11,2018

 
 

Bangladesh all-rounder Sakib al Hasan (R) listens to coach Steve Rhodes at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday after their return from the West Indies tour. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Cricket Board will seek an expert opinion from Australian doctors before deciding on the surgery of all-rounder Sakib al Hasan’s injured finger, BCB chief physician informed on Friday.
BCB asked Tigers’ physio Thihan Chandramohan to consult the matter with Australian physicians, who had earlier treated Sakib when he hurt his left little finger during the tri-series tournament final against Sri Lanka.
Melbourne-based Chandramohan left for Australia on Friday after he returned with the team following their grueling tour of West Indies.
‘We are yet to make any final decision on Sakib’s injury,’ BCB physician Debashish Chowdhury told New Age.
‘Our physio is going to Australia today [Friday] and he will meet Sakib’s doctor in Melbourne and will show his reports. The doctor over there will give him a plan after looking over the reports.
‘Thihan [Chandramohan] lives in Melbourne. He will consult with the doctors and then will take the decision. We are waiting for the suggestions of the doctors over there,’ he added.
Sakib expressed his desire to undergo a surgery in his injured finger before the Asia Cup in United Arab Emirates, which would effectively rule him out of the tournament.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan, however, quickly dismissed the idea and said that they would prefer to have the surgery during the Zimbabwe series in October, when Bangladesh would play two Tests and three one-day internationals.
Nazmul believed Sakib’s absence during the Zimbabwe series would not cost the team much as they were already planning to make some experiments against the African minnows.
Sakib’s injury problem started in January when the 31-year old hurt the base of his left little finger while fielding during the tri-series final against Sri Lanka at Mirpur.
Sakib missed the subsequent Test and Twenty20 series against the same opponents and also failed to play in the first few matches of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka in March.
During his healing period, Sakib took treatment in Thailand and Australia but his pain returned during the recent Twenty20 series in the West Indies and the United States, where he played the last two matches with painkillers.
Some other players like – Nazmul Islam and Taskin Ahmed – were also suffering from some kind of injury problems and Debashish also informed about the latest conditions of their injuries.
‘Apu [Nazmul Islam] is currently in his home. He will meet us in two to three days. He received stitches in his hand and after unstitching we only can decide over his further cure,’ he said.
‘It’s too early to speak about his participation in the Asia Cup. There is no problem with his three wounds but other one wound in slightly severe and we have to see the conditions to decide after unstitching,’ he added.
Debashish said Taskin got injury in the same finger where he received an injury earlier which forced him to make a return to home from Bangladesh ‘A’ team’s campaign in Ireland.
‘He [Taskin] was given an injection before going to Ireland. I think it’s not a serious injury and hope he will get well soon,’ he said.

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