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Mandhana Injury Update

17 January 2017

The Brisbane Heat has confirmed that Indian international Smriti Mandhana has suffered a tournament-ending knee injury during last weekend’s Rebel Women’s Big Bash League matches at Allan Border Field.

Mandhana sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament while bowling late in the match on Sunday against the Melbourne Renegades.

An MRI scan yesterday confirmed the injury.

WBBL Heat coach Andy Richards expressed his sympathy for the left-hander, who had gained valuable experience during her stint with the club.

“It’s a real shame as Smriti had settled well into the group and was starting to play some good cricket,’’ he said.

"No-one likes to see players injured and certainly our thoughts will be with her as she undergoes whatever treatment and rehabilitation is recommended for her,’’ he said

Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia have been in touch with Mandhana’s physiotherapist in India and the Board of Control of Cricket in India to provide them details of the injury and to discuss treatment plans.

“Smriti will be given the best possible care while she is with us and we will work closely with everyone involved to ensure her treatment and recovery,’’ Richards said.

West Indian allrounder Deandra Dottin has resumed training with the WBBL Heat after suffering a factured cheekbone in a fielding accident earlier in the tournament and could make her return for the final round games on Friday and Saturday at the Gabba against the Adelaide Strikers.

Friday’s match at the Gabba is part of a double-header with the Heat playing the Melbourne Renegades with the match officially sold out.


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