Mortaza to have double knee op
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is to undergo surgery on both knees and will be out for six weeks.
Last Updated: 10/08/09 2:07pm
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is to undergo surgery on both knees and is expected to be out for six weeks.
The decision to go under the knife was taken after Mortaza, 25, consulted orthopaedic surgeon David Young in Melbourne.
Young advised the fast bowler, who has already had a total of four knee operations, to have an arthroscopic procedure on both joints.
"The surgery is likely to be performed on Monday (Aug 10) after which an assessment will be made on the extent of the injury and the possible duration for recovery," read a statement from the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Mortaza fell awkwardly while bowling on the third day of the first Test against West Indies at St Vincent in July, limped off the field and has been sidelined since.
Shakib Al Hasan replaced him as Bangladesh skipper and the touring side went on to complete a clean sweep of the Test and one-day series in the Caribbean.
Shakib will again be in charge in Zimbabwe for a five-match one-day series beginning at Bulawayo on Sunday.