Injured Shakib to miss Bangladesh’s Asia Cup final

The all-rounder arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday and according to team manager Khaled Mahmud, will soon travel to the U.S. to visit a doctor.

The BCB wanted Shakib to play the Asia Cup despite the injury.   -  AFP

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has returned home from the United Arab Emirates due to injury and will miss Friday’s Asia Cup final against India in Dubai, a team official has said.

Shakib also missed Wednesday’s virtual semifinal against Pakistan after he complained of a fresh pain in an injured finger. Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 37 runs to move to the final of the Asia Cup for the third time in the last four editions.

Surgery needed

“The condition of his finger really turned bad. It got swollen. He was even unable to hold the bat,” manager Khaled Mahmud told AFP from Dubai. “We felt he immediately needs a surgery. He will soon travel to the U.S. to visit a doctor,” he added.

A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official confirmed Shakib arrived in Dhaka at midnight on Wednesday.

Thirty-one-year-old Shakib hurt his left little finger during the One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka in January and missed the subsequent Test and Twenty20 series. He returned to the team for the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March and has continued playing since then.

He wanted to have a surgery before the Asia Cup for a complete recovery from the injury, but the BCB insisted on him playing in the Asia Cup. The all-rounder played the team’s first four matches of the tournament. He scored 49 runs and picked up seven wickets.

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