Tuesday 18 December 2007 

Doctors' Opinions On Rasel Injury Differ After Injury

The two orthopaedic doctors in New Zealand have different opinions on Syed Rasel's injury and therefore the 24-year-old left arm medium fast bowler will not head immediately for surgery in Melbourne but will instead return home.

According to sources close to the Bangladesh cricket team management in New Zealand, the 23-year-old Syed Rasel was advised to undergo immediate surgery by Dr. Hong, the orthopaedic surgeon in Hamilton.

"He may not be able to give 100% if surgery is avoided," Dr. Hong is reported to have said in his report. However, the team physio Darryn Lifson is believed to have sought a second opinion.

According to the advice by the other orthopaedic surgeon, who is often consulted by the local New Zealand players, surgery at this point is not required. It is believed that if Rasel undergoes surgery and the injury is not healed properly he would not be able to play.

Rasel, dislocated his left collar bone from the first warm-up match against the Knights on Sunday is now likely to return home and only on advice by the medical team in Bangladesh, further line of treatment will be decided, it is understood.

© Bipin Dani
India Correspondent
Cricket World 2007