National team cricketer Prithu Baskota has avoided a long layoff after physiotherapists concluded the former U-19 skipper may not have to undergo a surgery for his injured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Prithu had torn his right knee ligament during a training session two weeks ago and doctors had said that operation was the only possible way to get out of it. A surgery would mean that Prithu would take at least six months to come about of the rehabilitation but national team physio SV Subra said a mini surgery is enough for his injury.
Prithu, however, is certain to miss the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier to be held in Dubai in November as it will still take him at least one and half month to rehabilitate. “From our latest assessment, we had the impression that it is not a complete rupture and could be repaired through knee arthroscopy,” Subra told cricketingnepal.com.
Prithu could recover from the mini surgery after one and half months meaning just ahead of World Twenty20 Qualifier but Subra said he could not be risked.
“He still has decades of playing career left in him. So we cannot take any risk. He can be available for the Qualifier (ICC World Cup Qualifier) in New Zealand. The ICC World Qualifier is scheduled to be held in January next year. Prithu seems like he is heaving a sigh of relief.
“Relieved,” said Prithu. “When I first heard that it could take six months or more for me, I thought it was all over. But I am relieved with what I have been told recently,” the batting all rounder added. Prithu is undergoing treatment at the team’s hotel under Subra and Dr Shreel Bhagat, a Sports Injury Specialist.