Bangladesh were dealt with another big blow as star player and No.1 ranked allrounder in ODIs, Shakib Al Hasan returned home
Bangladesh were dealt with another big blow as star player and No.1 ranked allrounder in ODIs, Shakib Al Hasan returned home

Bangladesh were dealt with another big blow as star player and No.1 ranked allrounder in ODIs, Shakib Al Hasan returned home ahead of Bangladesh’s crucial Super Four match against Pakistan in the 2018 Asia Cup, after aggravating his finger injury.

Shakib, who had picked up up he injury in January earlier this year, had been postponing surgery and Bangladesh had frettered over his availability for for the Asia Cup. However, he had played the initial stages and the Super Four matches fighting through the pain with the help of painkillers.

But,  the injury flared up on Wednesday and according to Akram Khan, BCB’s cricket operations chairman, the 31-year-old will be out of action for at least four to six weeks. This puts him out of the reckoning for Bangladesh’s home series against Zimbabwe starting September 30.

“He will be out for four to six weeks,” said Akram Khan as quoted by Cricbuzz. “The pain had increased over the last few days and the physio [Thihan Chandramohan] tried his best to get him on the field, but the pain was too much. I would like to thank Shakib for playing [the first four matches] with the pain he had.”

During an ODI series versus Sri Lanka in January, Shakib had injured the little finger on his left hand and subsequently missed the Test and T20Is of that series.

He returned in March to play the T20 Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka after undergoing treatment in Australia, where doctors had advised him to have surgery. Last month, Shakib was Man of the Series in Bangladesh’s 2-1 T20I series victory over West Indies in the Caribbean and Florida, but on arrival in Bangladesh Shakib told reporters that he wanted to undergo surgery on his finger before the Asia Cup.