Shakib Al Hasan  © AFP (file photo)
Shakib Al Hasan © AFP (file photo)

Bangladesh received worrying news ahead of Nidahas Trophy 2018, when on Saturday, ace player Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out. Nidahas Trophy apart from Bangladesh will involve India and Sri Lanka as well. Shakib continues to rehabilitate from a finger injury, he suffered in January. Mahmudullah will lead Bangladesh in his absence. Bangladesh Cricket Board press release said.

Liton Das has been called up for the injured Shakib. Shakib has recently visited Bangkok to consult a specialist doctor. Even before the series began, injuries have plagued sides. Sri Lanka will be missing Angelo Mathews, Shehan Madushanka and Asela Gunaratne due to injuries. Dinesh Chandimal will lead Sri Lanka in Mathews’ unavailability.

India, too have given rest to the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. Rohit Sharma will take over reins from Kohli in the T20 series.

This means all vice-captains from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be leading their respective nations.

Both Bangladesh and India will arrive in Sri Lanka late Saturday evening. The first T20I will be played on March 6th at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.