Former ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza revealed the reason why he was left out of the Bangladesh squad in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Mortaza along with T20I skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and premier batsman Mushfiqur Rahim joined ODI captain Tamim Iqbal in a live conversation on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday. That incident came up during the discussion.
"Every player has the dream to represent his country in such a big tournament. Unfortunately, I got injured at BKSP during a Dhaka league match before the World Cup. When I consulted Dr David Young, he told me that my ligament can be torn on further stress. But he assured me that if I could tolerate the pain, then it was fine to play," remembered Mortaza.
Mortaza's consultant, Dr Young, sent a two-page Email to Michael Henry, the then physio of Bangladesh team. He checked the first one and mistakenly didn't read the second page which contained significant information.
"Michael (Henry) reported to BCB about my fitness without reading the full Email. I am sure he did it by mistake and he apologised to me afterwards," Mortaza said.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was not named in the 15-men squad for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup which held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Mortaza broke down in front of the journalists at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium after the squad was announced. Mortaza went on to lead Bangladesh in the next two World Cups and led Bangladesh to the quarterfinals in the 2015 edition.