Himalayan News Service Kathmandu, October 7
National team’s injured batting allrounder Prithu Baskota has avoided undergoing surgery to his right knee ligament tear which has ruled him out of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers to be held at the United Arab Emirates from November 15.
Prithu is currently undergoing treatment at the Indian Spinal Injury Centre (ISIC) in New Delhi where he was expected to undergo arthoscopy — a minimally invasive surgery — to repair the damage. But after several
assessments, doctors at the ISIC came to the conclusion that Prithu’s damage could be repaired through physical therapy.
His recovery time, however, will be two months in maximum, meaning he will be out of the Twenty20 Qualifiers. “He is looked after by five specialists and they said physical therapy would be sufficient to heal his injury.
Doctors there have told me that he will be fine for New Zealand,” said national team physio SV Subra referring to the 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup in January next year.
Prithu is accompanied
by Dr Shreel Bhagat who assisted Subra in the treatment of Prithu in Kathmandu. Subra also said Prithu will be under his observation after the national team leaves for New Delhi on October 20 for a practice tour. Prithu is expected to return with the national team at the end of October.
The latest finding is a huge relief for Prithu after the initial MRI reports in Kathmandu had suggested his ligament needed urgent surgery. Had he undergone a surgery, Prithu would have been sidelined for at least six months.