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Injury bars Shakib from NZ tour


Injury bars Shakib from NZ tour

Bangladesh stalwart Test captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the upcoming New Zealand ODIs due to a finger injury that he sustained during the final of Bangladehs Premier League (BPL) on Friday (Feb 8) between Dhaka Dynamites and Comilla Victorians, local media reports said.

Shakib led Dhaka in the Final who lost the by 17 runs, and failed to clinch the title in the second attempt on a trot. Sources close to Shakib said he got injured on his left ring-finger while batting for Dhaka.

The southpaw got the blow while facing a short delivery from Sri Lankan pace-bowler Thisara Perera as Shakib missed the ball while pulling away and the ball has struck on his left ring-finger.

Shakib had a scan after the blow, and the scan suggested that he suffered a fracture.

“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,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Dr. Debashish Chowdhury was quoted as saying in a BCB media release.

A group of eight Bangladeshi players have already rached New Zealand, and the another group will fly tonight (Feb 9). Shakib was one of them who are set to fly tonight along with ODI captian Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Rubel Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin. But an abrupt injury ruled him out.

The Tigers will play a three-match ODI series against New Zaland which will start from Feb 13, and they will lock horn against the same opponent in a three-match Test series as well.

Shakib might return in Tests.

Shakib was sidelined during most part of last year due to another injury on his finger what he has sustained during the final of tri-series in the home. He was out of action during the Test and T20 series against Sri Lanka. He was also out of cricket during the first part of Nidahas trophy in the Island nation.

However, he played in West Indies managing his injury but failed to complete the Asia Cup in UAE. Shakib started playing regularly from the home series against West Indies later in the last year.

The BCB has yet to name Shakib’s replacement.

Taskin Ahmed, who was named in both the Test and ODI side for the upcoming tour, also sustained an injury during BPL this year and was ruled out of the tour.

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