Fractured finger rules Shakib Al Hasan out of New Zealand ODIs
This is Shakib's second major finger injury in the last one year. (AFP Image)

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan will not be taking part in the three-match ODI against New Zealand starting Wednesday. Shakib suffered an injury to his left ring finger – later confirmed as a fracture by the Bangladesh physician – while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League on Friday. Shakib is also expected to miss at least the first Test series starting February 28.

Shakib, while batting for Dhaka Dynamites, copped a blow to his left finger by a short delivery from Thisara Perera of Comilla Victorians in the 11th over.

“An x-ray was done after the match and the results have confirmed a fracture on the left ring finger. The affected area will now have to be immobilised for around three weeks,” BCB Senior Physician Dr. Debashis Chowdhury said.

This injury, however, is different to the one that kept Shakib out for the most part of 2018. In January last year, he had sustained a finger injury, that later developed into an infection, ruling Shakib out till November. As per the statement suggesting Shakib requiring three weeks to recover, it is highly likely that he may miss the entire tour.