National team cricketer Prithu Baskota on Wednesday left for New Delhi for a treatment in his right knee.
Prithu had injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the right knee while playing football during a trainning session at the TU Stadium grounds some three weeks ago. Prithu will undergo treatment at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC).
Initially, Prithu was ruled out of the two upcoming big tournaments after he was suggested to undergo a major surgery which could have ruled him out of the game at least next six months.
But the batting allrounder was relieved when national team physio SV Subra said a minor surgery could be enough for the former U-19 skipper and he could join the game in a matter of one and half months.
Nepal are participating in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers (November) and ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in January next year and though Prithu has a chance to recover just ahead of the Twenty20 Qualifiers, Subra had said he couldn’t be risked.
Dr Shreel Bhagat — a Sports Injury Specialist and Consultant Orthopaedic Physcial Therapist post graduating from ISIC — said Prithu’s condition will first be assessed at the ISIC.
“We will first put him under observation and decided whether to go with a minor surgery or rehabilitation. But as he is able to do the things that normal people can, we believe he a minor surgery or arthoscopy will be enough for him,” Bhagat toldcricketingnepal.com.
“Arcthoscopy is a procedure where we put a small camera inside the knee and repair the damaged part with the help of two needles. It is a minimally invasive surgery,” said Bhagat who was called on by the cricket governing body to assess on Prithu’s condition.