Alternative thoughts for treating injury problems

Mashrafe MortazaFor the past one & half years Bangladesh National Cricket Team has been suffering from severe injury problems of its’ top ranked players. All rounder Shakib Al Hasan missed the total Sri Lanka tour in previous year’s March due to injury of the shin bone. Pacer Nazmul Hossain and opener Tamim Iqbal returned from the tour with injuries. The injury stricken players usually sent to Australia or South Africa for better treatment. Along with, it costs millions of dollars for BCB to bear the total treatment and accommodation for the players. Though BCB do not compromise with the amount but it sounds a matter of re-thinking now a days.

The cricket board spent a total of 60lacs Taka for the treatment (surgery & accommodation) of Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hossain in Australia from the end of 2010 till the previous month of this year. So the board officials are now searching for places where a better treatment can be found at a cheaper rate. It can be India or Thailand. The acting Chief Executive of BCB Mr. Nizam Uddin Chowdhury told yesterday to the media “we are taking lessons from the matter so that we can adopt a better policy for the matter. If we can receive a proper treatment in neighboring countries like India or Thailand then why we would ran into Australia or England?

Undoubtedly country’s best pace man Mashrafi Bin Mortuza started suffering from knee injuries since 2002. It costs around 50lacs Taka in his treatment since then which is the highest amount paid by BCB for any player. When a player stays for treatment he gets a daily allowance of 5o$ along with 100$ for hotel accommodation besides the hospital costs, other treatment allowances and daily transportation costs.

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Backbone injuries need more financial backup than any other injuries. Pacer Abul Hasan is now suffering from backbone injury. It will cost around 30lacs Taka if will be sent to Australia for treatment which can be minimized if it will be Bangkok which costs around 10lacs, in India it costs approximately 8lacs of Taka.

Maintaining fitness of the players is not a matter of compromise but it will be beneficial if it is possible to minimize the cost in a better way.