Nurul worried as fractured finger hasn't healed even post surgery

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Nurul Hasan suffered the finger fracture on the tour of Zimbabwe.
Nurul Hasan suffered the finger fracture on the tour of Zimbabwe. © Getty

Bangladesh's wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan is concerned about his cricketing future over uncertainty around when his once fractured index finger will heal completely despite undergoing surgery for the same.

Nurul, who was appointed as skipper of the Bangladesh T20I side on the tour of Zimbabwe, injured his finger during the second T20I against the hosts at Harare and was subsequently ruled out of that tour as well as from the Asia Cup that followed.

Nurul underwent surgery in Singapore to recover from the injury, where a closed reduction and pinning procedure was performed by hand surgeon Dr Anthony Foo at the Raffles Hospital. He then made himself available for the T20 tri-series in New Zealand ahead of the T20 World Cup and continued to play thereafter but hasn't been pain free. It took a real toll on him during the second Test against India where he had to take suppository to play the game due.

"As far as the state of injured finger is concerned, I have taken an injection after the last match (second Test against India) and that injection was a pain reliever," Nurul told Cricbuzz on Sunday. "After that injection it (injured finger) is still numb and if stays this way it is ok but after the reaction of the injection gets over the pain might increase," a worried Nurul said.

"I played the Test series with suppository because there was huge pain and I was unable to do anything. Whenever the ball hit my left hand it was giving some kind of a shock so I was taking even the left side ball with my right hand. Let's see I have had the injection and it is expected to have a reaction for couple of months and it( my finger) might get better," he added.

Nurul revealed that he now has doubts about the surgery and if it was the right thing and that he is now living on a hope and prayer that the ordeal ends soon. "At the moment there is nothing I can do and there is no option for me. I am not sure whether doing the surgery was wrong or bad," he said. "Now I might be feeling that if I hadn't done the surgery it would have been good. On the other hand it could have got worse if I did not do the surgery."

Meanwhile, the medical department of the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed to Cricbuzz that the recent pain-reliever injection was given as per the instruction of the surgeon and that they are hoping the best for him.

"We had a routine check and as per the suggestion of the surgeon we had given him an injection. We are not sure whether he will need further injection or not because we will update the surgeon about his development and he (surgeon) will decide the next course of action," said the medical official of BCB.

Nurul, who is arguably the best wicket-keeper of the country, has had a dip in form behind the stumps with a handful of dropped chances affecting his credibility as a top gloveman. Both his BPL franchise Rangpur Riders as well as Bangladesh are hopeful of him shrugging off the pain and returning to his physical best at the earliest.