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Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been involved in a road accident in Mirpur and sustained minor injuries, which were treated at the Shere Bangla Stadium.
Mashrafe was travelling by cycle rickshaw from his house in Mirpur to the stadium for a training session when it collided with a bus. Upon arriving at the stadium, Mortaza had both his hands bandaged.
It has also been confirmed that the bus driver was apprehended by police almost immediately after the accident.
“When I saw the bus approaching towards my rickshaw, I jumped out in anticipation,” Mortaza said. “The tyre was broken and I tried to save my legs by diving out of the rickshaw. I am very lucky to have escaped with only some skin damage. My car was taking my child to the doctor for vaccination so I took the rickshaw to the ground. It is a 10-minute ride from my house.”
Bangladesh physiotherapist Bayjedul Islam Khan confirmed that Motaza’s injuries were minor and added that he expects the 31-year-old to be fully fit for the upcoming home series against India.
“Mashrafe was injured in a road accident while coming to the ground this morning,” Khan said. “These are minor injuries. He has suffered lacerations on his hands and his right knee has swollen slightly. I think he will recover quickly.”
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurasingha made it clear that Mortaza will be monitored closely until the three-match ODI series against India gets underway on June 18 in Mirpur.
“This is unfortunate. We are concerned about his palm,” Hathurasingha told ESPNcricinfo. “But we will give him maximum chance to recover in time for the ODI series.”