Bagai undergoing second MRI on knee

By RON FANFAIR

Canadian cricket captain Ashish Bagai will undergo another Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test today to determine the extent of a left knee injury that has bothered him for the past year and forced him to cut short a winter stint in Sri Lanka’s premier league.

The wicketkeeper/batsman underwent an MRI last month in Sri Lanka where he was playing for Ragama Cricket Club. He said doctors are yet to definitively diagnose the injury.

“I have heard that it might be something to do with either the minisculus or tendon, but I do not know for sure,” Bagai said. “Hopefully, I will get a better idea after this MRI at home and we will be able to take it from there. I will prefer not to have surgery, but again I have to wait on the diagnosis to find out what’s really wrong.”

Bagai said he was bothered by the injury during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifier in South Africa earlier this year and again during the Intercontinental Cup and One-Day Internationals against Kenya at home last summer.

“The pain, however, really intensified and became unbearable during my first club game in Sri Lanka,” Bagai added. “Right now, I can walk straight, but I am having difficulty moving sideways and climbing stairs.”

Bagai quit his full-time job with the Union Bank of Switzerland in England last July to accept a central contract with Cricket Canada and prepare for the 2011 World Cup to be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, his Toronto Cricket Club teammates, Anthony Pratt and Lawrence Bill, will be busy in the next two months.

Australia First Grade Player of the Year winner Pratt and Englishman Bill, who played for Hythe Cricket Club in Kent before coming to Canada last year, are running a fall winter camp for young players at Qasra Sports Complex in Etobicoke.

Pratt, who moved to Toronto last summer to join his Canadian wife, said the eight-week camp that starts on Sunday is for players between the ages of 10 and 18.

“The main aim of the two-hour sessions each Sunday is to help players improve their technique and skills,” said Pratt who played for Eastern Suburbs whose members include current Australian players Nathan Bracken, David Warner and Brad Haddin. “We will use a lot of video analysis and the participants will get certificates at the end of the program on December 20. “We will also present them with several New South Wales cricket handouts that I brought over and they may find very useful.”

Pratt and Bill have Level Two coaching certification.

The participating fee for the camp is $220 and interested individuals can call (289) 377-9567 for further details.

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