Injured and forgotten?

Nazmul HossainThe fast bowling department has never been one of Bangladesh’s strengths as was highlighted by the recent series in Sri Lanka. But recently pacer Robiul Islam who took 15 wickets in the Test series against Zimbabwe brought pacers into the limelight for the right reasons. The Bangladesh cricket team is currently struggling to get longer term service from their fast blowers due to a number of reasons many of which are medical.

Interestingly pacer Shafiul Islam and all-rounder Nasir Hossain will fly to South Africa after finishing the Zimbabwe series as they are suffering from injuries but another fast bowler Nazmul Hossain who hurt his knee during a practice session in Sri Lanka two months ago is still waiting for the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s approval for his treatment.

Nazmul Hossain has played 38 one day international and two test matches taking 44 and five wickets respectively. Since his ODI debut against South Africa in Birmingham on 2004 Nazmul has been in and out of the national side but the fast bowler from Habiganj has made his mark whenever he got a chance.

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Nazmul is still waiting eagerly the green signal from BCB for his treatment but is currently sitting helplessly at home in Habiganj.
Nazmul who is suffering from an injury to his knee was supposed go to Australia for treatment and already has a visa but the cricket board has yet to take a decision as to when they will send him. The directors of the board are saying it’s in the hands of BCB Medical committee and they are still waiting for the medical committee’s report.

Meanwhile the chairman of the BCB medical committee Ismail Haidar Mollick said, “We are going to take a decision about Nazmul’s treatment at the next board meeting which is expected to be this week”.
The fast bowler is worried about his future as cricket is his only source of income. The BCB should logically look after cricketers and treat everyone equally but that does not seem to be the case. Seemingly players like Nazmul who are on the very fringes of the team, are treated as such.
“Whenever I asked the BCB members about my treatment they say we will decide in a board meeting, but I have yet to get any proper information. My question is when is the board meeting? I have taken the appointment of the doctor in Australia couple of times but BCB didn’t bother to approve about my treatment,” said injured pacer Nazmul Hossain.
The pacer is also concerned whether he will be able to play domestic cricket or not as he is still in much pain, “Right now I am very worried about my career as the pain is still there on my knee, it’s the board who should at least call me up and ask about my injury but no one has even called me”, added an emotional Nazmul.