Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has said he will be out of action for at least three months after an infection delayed the surgery on his left little finger.

Shakib missed Bangladesh’s last match of the Super Four Stage against Pakistan and then the final of the Asia Cup 2018 against India after he could no longer bear the pain. Further, after he reached Dhaka, doctors discovered pus had spread to his wrist needing immediate treatment.

Now, till the time the infection is cured, Shakib, who picked up the injury in January this year, will be unable to have surgery on it.

Shakib revealed delay in procedure would have left his wrist disabled. “The moment I arrived in the hospital, the doctors told me that I have to get the pus out as soon as possible,” Shakib said to was quoted as saying by Prothom Alo on Saturday.

“Any delay would put me in great danger as the infection spread till my wrist. If I had waited another few days, my wrist would have become disabled. I feel better after they took out the pus, but the problem is until the infection isn’t gone, there isn’t going to be a surgery on my injured finger. It will take another 2-3 weeks to fix. After surgery I will need eight weeks, which means I am out for three months.”

The 31-year-old said it was his decision to play in the Asia Cup despite the possibility of further aggravating the injury. “The BCB president [Nazmul Hassan] asked if I could play the Asia Cup or I could go for the surgery. He told me to take the decision. When I asked the physio about what damage it may have, he told me it won’t be that dangerous. Then I decided that since the Asia Cup is important for us, I will play 4-5 matches with the pain,” he explained.