Ailing Mosharraf eyeing comeback with NCL

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:33, Sep 18,2019 | Updated: 00:53, Sep 18,2019


Ailing spinner Mosharraf Hossain takes part in an individual training session at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Ailing spinner Mosharraf Hossain has set his sight on the forthcoming National Cricket League in October for a return to competitive cricket after recovering from a surgery in his brain.

Seasoned domestic campaigner Mosharraf, who played five one-day internationals for Bangladesh, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in March and underwent surgery in Singapore to get the lump removed.

He was required to take six chemotherapies after the surgery and three of them have already been completed, Mosharraf told reporters after resuming his individual training at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur on Tuesday. 

‘I wish to return from the National Cricket League, I will realise my condition after playing just one game,’ said Mosharraf.  ‘Still three chemo left. Radio therapy, surgery ended without any problem. The remaining three should be cleared by November.’

Mosharraf said the report in his last MRI came good but he should be careful because of the recurring nature of his tumour.

‘The report in last MRI came good. If there was anything new in the brain, I would have felt tensed, in that case harder chemo or fresh chemo would have been required.

‘Next MRI will be after three months. Now after every three or six months I have to do the MRI. There is a chance of it returning by five to 10 years.

‘It’s tough to clear the brain hundred per cent, surgery was good, there is nothing in MRI. But there could be something microscopic, and it has to be burnt through radio therapy,’ he said.

The left-arm spinner said his present concern is his fitness, having played his last competitive match in the Bangladesh Premier League for Comilla Victorians in February.

‘I have to concentrate on fitness, the others are readymade thing. I can still put the ball on the spot even if I bowl closing my eyes... fitness is the issue. If I can recover it, I can play match,’ he said.

‘It will be an example if I can play competitive cricket. I am not lost yet with my mind. I am fighting a big fight. Cricket is nothing compared to it. But you can comeback from this situation. Yuvraj Singh did it. Maybe I would be the second example,’ said the 37-year old cricketer.

Mosharraf, however, said unlike Yuvraj he was not eyeing a comeback in the national team. 

‘I am not thinking that far. Let’s start competitive cricket first, that will be second step...I used to perform regularly in the domestic cricket, I would take five wickets or score fifty, century. I want to do that,’ he said.

Mosharraf left the entire cricket fraternity emotional in July when he gave a post in social media seeking to sell his flat due to urgent need of money for his treatment.

Bangladesh Cricket Board granted him Tk 10 lakh in August for his treatment following his post.

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