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Shakib to miss Asia Cup?

Shakib to miss Asia Cup?

Shakib Al Hasan said on Thursday (Aug 9) that he might undergo surgery in his injured finger before the 2018 Asia Cup in UAE that would effectively rule him out from the tournament, local media reports said.

Bangladesh Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan is suffering from pain on his left little finger, which had sustained an injury during a tri-nation series also comprising of Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at home in January. Shakib said that he would go for surgery ahead of the Asia Cup that is scheduled to begin in September.

Shakib landed with the rest of the Bangladesh team on Thursday after completing the tour of West Indies. 

Bangladesh managed to overcome the disappointment of the Test defeat and went on to win both the one-day international and the T20I series. The Tigers’ skipper was in a good mood while with the squad and he updated reporters on his current condition.

“The physio will be able to tell what condition my hand is in. We all know that I will have to go through surgery. We are discussing the options for where it would be best to do the surgery. I feel the sooner it takes place the better,” the all-rounder said.

Asia Cup is scheduled to begin from September 15. After that there is the back-to-back home series against Zimbabwe and West Indies in October and November. BPL is scheduled to take place in January and perhaps keeping the busy schedule ahead in mind, Shakib felt that doing the surgery before Asia Cup is normal.

“I think the surgery should take place because I don’t want to play without being fully fit. So doing the surgery before Asia Cup is normal,” Shakib said.

Bangladesh Cricket Board's chief physician Debashish Chowdhury had earlier said that Shakib was administered anti-inflammatory injection during the last two matches of the T20 series against the Windies. He also suggested that if an operation takes place then Shakib will be out for six to seven weeks.

Bangladesh have been drawn in poll B with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, scheduled from Sep 15 to 28.