Bangladesh have suffered a dent to their chances in the World Cup as fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has injured his right knee again while batting for his club Abahani in a Dhaka Premier Division League match.
The details of the injury follow an MRI scan which suggested a partial tear of the reconstructed ligament of Mortaza's knee, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board sports physician Dr.Manirul Amin. The Bangladeshi pacer has a history of injuries.
An ankle problem kept him out of action for most of the recent home one-day series against New Zealand which Bangladesh won 4-0. He has been out of the Test match arena since August 2009 after surgery on his right knee.
He recently made his cameback for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe but stated after the first two games that he needed more match practice to get his rhythm back.
The World Cup is just less than two months away and the injury puts in jeopardy his chances to lead Bangladesh’s attack in the subcontinent.
Bangladesh are co-hosting the tournament along with India, who they meet in the tournament's opening game on 19th February, and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh are grouped with England, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the West Indies.
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