National cricket team was dealt with a hammer blow on Tuesday when batting all rounder Prithu Baskota was sidelined for six months due to a knee injury.
Few days back Prithu had torn the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his right knee and he was suggested to undergo a surgery that will keep him out of cricket for more than six months. Prithu himself confirmed that operation was the only way out and was left dejected.
Nepal are preparing for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers for November at the UAE and ICC World Cup Qualifiers which will take place in New Zealand in January, next year. “I have waited for this moment for such a long time and to sit out is a sad thing for me,” Prithu toldcricketingnepal.com.
The team management was looking for options other than surgery but after several follow-ups, operation was the only way out for the former U-19 skipper. He will take more than six months to rehabilitate after the surgery and that means he is out of the two Qualifiers.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake knew that it was painful to lose Prithu. “Especially in the Twenty20 format, he has the abilities to bowl, bat and field. To lose him is a disappointment,” said Dassanayake. CAN General Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel said it will make a final assessment to make a decision on him.
“His injury will take a long time for rehabilitation. We will make a final assessment following up with specialist doctors in the country and abroad and then decide on it,” said Pyakurel.