Tigers survive Mehedi scare

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:00am on August 26, 2019

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Mehedi Hasan

Bangladesh cricket team on Sunday heaved a sigh of relief after finding that off-spinner Mehedi Hasan didn’t suffer any serious injury to his right index finger.

The Tigers were scared ahead of their one-off Test match against Afghanistan, starting on September 5 when Mehedi sustained an injury during a practice session on Saturday.

Mehedi, who is a regular member of Bangladesh Test squad and a key weapon for the Tigers at home, injured his finger while trying to take a catch in Mirpur and immediately underwent for an X-ray.

The x-ray report showed no fractures but he was given a three-day rest as a precautionary measure by the Bangladesh Cricket Board physicians.

‘He was given a three-day rest and after that we will assess his condition,’ BCB chief physician Debashis Chowdhury told New Age on Sunday.

‘He sustained the injury yesterday [Saturday] and he will take rest today [Sunday] and tomorrow [Monday]. On Tuesday we will see his condition.

‘He underwent for an X-ray on an immediate basis. There was no problem found in the report,’ he added.

Mehedi’s injury came as a real concern for the Tigers as Bangladesh will later host Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in a tri-nation Twenty20 international series in between September 13-24.

Mehedi enjoyed great success in Test matches during Bangladesh’s previous two home series last year.

The 21-year old took 11 wickets against Zimbabwe in a two-match Test series and claimed 15 wickets against West Indies in the following two-match Test series which included a match-winning 12-wicket haul in the second Test in Mirpur.

Mehedi was confident that he would be fit within three to four days and could start his bowling and batting practice.

‘Now everything is okay. I didn’t have much problem. If I take a three to four days’ rest, I think I will be all right,’ Mehedi told reporters in Mirpur.

‘I am feeling bad as I could not practice. Because of the injury, I could not do batting and bowling… Hopefully I can start bowling and batting in next two days,’ he added.

Mehedi further said that patience would be the key to success for the spinners in the forthcoming Test series and also claimed that they were well ahead of Afghanistan in this format.

‘This is actually Test cricket. How long the bowlers can bowl depends on patience. They [Afghanistan] know it better how much preparation they need to take,’ he said.

‘I think we are well ahead of them in Test cricket and if we give our 100 per cent then the result will surely be in our favour,’ he added.