Taskin Ahmed's Test future in doubt after chronic back injury

Taskin is suffering from back problems since the last four months.

 Taskin Ahmed | AFP

Bangladesh fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed has a serious disc-related problem on his back that might prevent him from taking part in the traditional format of the game –Test cricket, hinted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury on Wednesday (23 May).

Taskin has been beleaguered with back trouble for the last four months, and his medication has started from April and is undergoing a rehabilitation program with the physicians, who are waiting to see how he responds and due to which he was not considered for the upcoming T20I series against Afghanistan.

Recently, the 23-year-old said in a post on Facebook on May 22, “I am having such a pain that I cannot get down from the bed. Please pray for my early recovery.”

With the latest development, it cannot be said whether the pacer will be available for Bangladesh’s crucial West Indies tour, where they will play two Tests in August.

As per reports in Cricbuzz, Debashish Chowdhury told reporters, “It's a disc-related injury. The biggest problem is that you cannot guess anything, so we cannot say what will happen tomorrow despite watching him doing well today. In his case, he is doing well for a couple of days and suddenly the pain increases substantially at home. The disc related problem is such and so it is difficult to make long-term plans with cricketers sustaining this kind of injury.”

However, BCB chief physician said that Taskin’s back problem has not reached that stage where it would require surgery but “he is not responding too well in the conservative management - a rehabilitation program designed with physiotherapy.

He further added on the same, “We need to do something in-between and so we are thinking of giving him an injection on his backbone in one or two days. It might relieve the pain temporarily but you cannot say that it will have a long-term effect.”

It could be sad news for the Bangladesh cricket as BCB physician made it clear that if Taskin recovered from it then still he can’t be considered for Test cricket immediately, only can play White-ball cricket.

Chowdhury signed off by saying, “He can play with this temporary arrangement but even if he returns, we need to consider him only for ODIs and T20Is. He cannot take part in longer-version cricket immediately as there is a possibility that it can increase the pain to a substantial extent.”



By Rashmi Nanda - 24 May, 2018

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