BCB to take second opinion on Mustafiz

July 30, 2016

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is in favour of taking a second opinion before deciding about the surgery of injured pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman, said the officials on Friday.
Mustafiz was advised to undergo a surgery by British shoulder specialist Tony Kocchar after his second arthrogram report reconfirmed a grade-2 tear in his bowling shoulder.The BCB officials said that they were in contact with the surgeons of Australia and England before making a final decision about his surgery, which would inevitably sideline him for months.
Mustafiz was expected to meet Kocchar on Friday while BCB officials said that they also contacted Australian Greg Hoy to know his assessment about the nature of his injury and recovery process.
‘We have to decide where we want him to be operated,’ BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told New Age on Friday.
‘Our physicians are talking with doctors from Australia and England as we don’t want to take any risk with him and ready to provide him with the best possible service,’
‘He [Hoy] had worked with some of our players in the past, so we are also taking his opinion,’ he said.
Mustafiz’s second arthrogram report confirmed grade-2 SLAP (Superior Labrum, Anterior to Posterior) tear as he aggravated an old shoulder injury during his short stint with English county side Sussex in the ongoing Twenty20 Blast competition.
The left-arm pacer looked to have paid the price of trying too many tricks with his changed bowling action without developing required
fitness, according to BCB officials.
BCB’s High Performance pace bowling coach Mizanur Rahman, who knows Mustafiz since his beginning at the age-level group, said the pace bowler might have used inactive muscle in order to experiment with his bowling.
‘I think he is trying too many things though I am not sure whether his body is ready to take the load or not,’ said Mizanur, who looked after the paceman during his stint with the Bangladesh Under-19 squad.
‘There can be inactive muscle in his shoulder that suddenly required taking an unexpected load.
‘For example, recently we have seen him trying to vary pace of his cutters with a slightly changed bowling action, but we can’t say whether his body was ready for it or not,’ he said.
BCB’S game development manager Nazmul Abedin pointed out that his recent performance showed he is trying to bring variation with his swing as well as trying to use his cutters more often than not.
‘Earlier he used to bowl that used to go away from the batsman [right handed] as well as mixing it
with his slowers,’ said Nazmul.
‘Now he is trying to bring the ball into the batsman that certainly requires him to change his bowling action. It can have an effect because you have to use different muscles for different deliveries,’ he said.
Since his debut, Mustafiz took the world by storm through his cutters and continued to trouble batsmen from all quarters with his variation though not before paying the price.
Mustafiz was sidelined during the Asia Cup with this same shoulder injury that also ruled him out in some of the matches of the following ICC World Twenty20.
BCB’s head physician Debashish Chowdhury agreed with the local coaches but felt that his operation would remove all uncertainty regarding his shoulder injury.

-With New Age input

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