In­jured Mor­taza doubt­ful for World Cup

The Pak Banker - - International -

DHAKA: Bangladesh pace spear­head Mashrafe Mor­taza sus­tained an in­jury to his right knee dur­ing a do­mes­tic match, the coun­try's cricket board said, putting his World Cup ap­pear­ance in doubt.

Tests con­firmed Mor­taza sus­tained a near-com­plete tear of his re­con­structed an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment (ACL), the Bangladesh Cricket Board said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter con­sult­ing a num­ber of physi­cians, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia's David Young, the board de­clined to make any pre­dic­tions on whether the in­jury would af­fect Mor­taza's chances of play­ing in the World Cup start­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

The in­jury-prone bowler re­turned to in­ter­na­tional cricket in Oc­to­ber, against New Zealand, af­ter he had been ruled out for months due to in­juries he sus­tained dur­ing Bangladesh's tour of the West Indies in July, 2009.

But he sprained his an­kle in the first match against New Zealand and was ruled out of the se­ries again be­fore re­turn- ing against Zim­babwe in De­cem­ber.

A 30-man pre­lim­i­nary squad named by the board for the World Cup in­cludes Mor­taza.

But his chances of play­ing in the show­case event, which will be jointly hosted by Bangladesh, In­dia and Sri Lanka, are slim as gen­er­ally any in­jury to the ACL takes months to heal fully.

The board's state­ment said Mor­taza would rest for 10 days and his con­di­tion will be re­viewed af­ter three days. -Ap

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