Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur hospitalized by bouncer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was alert and feeling fine after being taken to hospital by ambulance on Monday after being struck in the head by a bouncer from Tim Southee on the final day of the first cricket test against New Zealand.

He was later reported by team management to have spoken to medical staff and had assured teammates he was feeling well and asked that his family in Bangladesh be told not to worry.

They said he was taken to hospital for X-rays and other precautionary tests.

Mushfiqur was already batting with a broken finger and was 13 not out when he tried to duck under a low bouncer and was struck on the back of the helmet.

He began to kneel, then collapsed to the ground and was immediately attended by medical staff from both teams. Play was delayed by more than 20 minutes as paramedics attended Mushfiqur, who lay motionless on his back near the crease.

Mushfiqur was then taken to a nearby Wellington Hospital.

He is the second Bangladesh batsman to be taken to hospital by ambulance in this innings. Opening batsman Imrul Kayes was stretchered from the field on Thursday after suffering a leg injury.

Bangladesh was 114-5 in its second innings, leading New Zealand by 170 runs, when the incident occurred.