Mashrafe and injury, these two words always go together since the very beginning of the pacer’s career. He broke into the national team in late 2001 against Zimbabwe and started his sensational yet struggling career which saw him going under the surgeon’s blade for ten times. Bangladesh team management have decided to handle their best pace-man more delicately by not using him in every single match.
Bivab Singh, the physio of Bangladesh national team stated in Friday, “Mashrafe is feeling the pain in his knee frequently. We have some very important series ahead of us and we must be aware about his injury proneness”.
Mashrafe hasn’t featured in a single test since the Kingstown test in 2009 when he fell into another injury but has been playing in limited over matches regularly after his return. He led Bangladesh team in the recent T20I series played at Chittagong, losing both the matches in last ball thrillers.
Now the team management is thinking about resting him as a precautionary move on the 3rd ODI of the series which will be played on 22nd February in Mirpur. Mashrafe did not play in the first ODI against Sri Lanka but featured in the second one.
Tamim Iqbal also failed to qualify in the fitness test staying sidelined in the first two ODI matches after playing both the T20 in Chittagong. Bivab Singh said he is almost fit now and hopeful to open the innings in the last ODI.