In what can be termed as a major blow ahead of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy, Bangladesh are likely to be without their captain Shakib Al Hasan for the T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka. Having already missed a major chunk of the Tigers’ recent matches, Shakib is yet to get a go ahead from his doctors, who believe that the ace all-rounder is yet to completely recover from a severe finger injury.
Shakib was named as Bangladesh’s captain for the Nidahas trophy, which is being played to commemorate Sri Lanka’s 70 years of independence and will feature India as the third team. The premier all-rounder recently consulted an orthopedics specialist in Bangkok to take stock of his finger injury, which is apparently taking a lot more time to heal than originally expected.
Shakib Al Hasan to be assessed on arrival to Bangladesh
As per Debashish Chowdhury, the BCB doctor, Shakib might need up to two more weeks of physiotherapy before being able to take the field for his country again. In a recent media interaction, Chowdhury said, as reported by Crictracker: “The doctors in Bangkok said the same thing. Shakib will arrive tomorrow and after a week of physiotherapy, his condition will be assessed.”
Hopes alive for 2018 Nidahas Trophy T20I Tri-Series?
Former Bangladesh captain and the current chairman of their selection panel, Akram Khan, said that he is still hopeful about Shakib’s participation in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy T20I tri-series at some point of time.
Currently undergoing a rigorous training camp back home, the Bangladesh team will leave for Sri Lanka on March 4 and will play their first match of the tri-series against India on March 8 at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The Bangla Tigers have seen a worrying slump in their form in recent months after the exit of influential coach Chandika Hathurusingha who returned home to take up the coaching reigns of Sri Lanka.
Amid all the mess, Bangladesh are certainly capable of taking their game up by a level and surprise Sri Lanka and India in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy this month.