Mashrafe keen to play despite 14 stitches in hand

Publish: 9:03 PM, January 12, 2020 | Update: 9:03:PM, January 12, 2020

DHAKA, – Dhaka Platoon captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is keen to play his side’s Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) Eliminator game against Chattogram Challengers tomorrow despite 14 stitches in his left hand.

The game is crucial to keep Dhaka’s aspiration to move into the final of the BBPL.

The ODI captain of Bangladesh sustained the injury during his side’s last group match against Khulna Tigers on Saturday when he attempted to stop the ball from a powerful shot of Rilee Rossouw at cover.

He subsequently was taken off from the ground and latter needed 14 stitches between his left thumb and index finger.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Dr. Devashis Chowdhury said Mashafe, the right arm fast bowler, is still able to play with the injury that he incurred.

“The injury that he sustained is not unplayable. If he wants to play, considering the importance of the match, we’ll take necessary steps,” Dr. Chowdhury said here today.

Dhaka Platoon Manager Ahsanullah Hasan said they are yet to take any decision on Mashrafe. “He is desperate to play the game,” Hasan said. “He is really keen to play. But we can’t understand what to do. We will take decision on him after discussing about his injury elaborately.”

Mashrafe so far claimed eight wickets in 12 matches for Dhaka Platoon but played some fluent knocks lower down the order with willow.