Chatara out for six months

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket seamer Tendai Chatara will be out of action for at least six months after fracturing his left leg in a social football match in his hometown Mutare.

Initially, the Mountaineers bowler had been expected to be out for at least four months, but national team physiotherapist Anesu Mupotaringa said the injury layoff is likely to be longer than six months.

Mupotaringa said an x-ray confirmed that Chatara suffered an oblique fracture of the tibia and a transverse fracture of the fibula. A specialist then recommended that there was no need for surgery.

“We took the pace bowler to Doctor Bowers and I discussed with the specialist the available options. He advised conservative management, saying that compared to an operation, that treatment will have fewer side effects which will enable the player to have fewer problems when he starts practice and playing again,” Mupotaringa said.

“Chatara will be in a full cast immobilisation for four weeks and a below-knee cast immobilisation for six weeks, depending on x-ray results after the initial four weeks.

“A programme is being set up for him to continue working on his upper body and core while his leg heals.

“We also have a diet plan in place which is high in calcium to promote quick healing and strong bones.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe cricket players are expected to reap huge financial rewards from the proposed tour of Pakistan.

The locals are set to be the first Test playing nation to tour the Asian country in six years that has been neglected over security concerns.

Pakistan has not hosted an international cricket match since the attack on Sri Lanka team bus in March 2009.

While Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seem to have confirmed the bilateral One Day International series against the Southern African nation, their Zimbabwean counterparts have kept a low profile opting to break the news at a press conference to be organised sometime this week.

Zimbabwe Cricket official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the tour was just as good as done deal and ZC will be announcing its position soon.

“The tour will go ahead with a satisfactory position having been reached lately,” said the source.

“Pakistan tour is going to be a good outing for the players in terms of finance in light of security concerns in this country, as they say high risk high returns.”

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