Bangladeshi bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has returned to the nets and was seen bowling for the first time after recovering from a hamstring injury. The right-arm fast-medium bowler is evidently eyeing a comeback to competitive cricket, possibly in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup.
Mortaza has been going through a rough patch this year. He sustained a hamstring injury during a training session in November. He and his family members had also tested positive for COVID-19 in June.
The Bangabandhu T20 Cup has already hosted 8 matches and 12 matches still remain before the playoffs. Mortaza has not been picked up in any of the Bangabandhu T20 squads but the opportunity is still open for him. His last competitive cricket was the Dhaka Premier League in March.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) trainer Tushar Kanti Howlader is assisting Mortaza during his training. He said that the 37-year old bowled of four overs on Tuesday.
“I am helping him with his return to training. He had been doing some work after recovering from Covid, so now he wants to get into a better position, fitness-wise. He is just bowling now. We cannot talk about match fitness just yet. He can be fit if he continues to train in this way. He doesn’t have to work on technique, it’s only his fitness that is the main concern,” Howlader said.
The BCB trainer also informed that Mortaza has lost weight and is in a fit form. This could help him get an opportunity to play in the remaining Bangabandhu T20 matches.
“He has bowled four overs with full run up. I think he is around 84kg, after losing ten kilos. He will reduce more, I am sure. I think the match fitness is also up to him. He is Mashrafe, quite different, and he can do a lot of things. It is up to him, if he wants to play. He has to bowl four overs in the middle, so if he can manage it, then he will have match fitness,” said Howlander.