Shakib injured ahead of Asia Cup final

Shakib was hit by a delivery in his left thigh and was seen applying an ice-pack yesterday. He also walked with a slight limp and looked in pain. Today, he tried to practice but could not continue for long.

Shakib Al Hasan is the leading wicket-taker in T20Is for Bangladesh and his absence will hurt the team's chances of winning the Asia Cup.   -  AP

There was some bad news in the Bangladesh camp ahead of its Asia Cup T20 final against India with Vice-captain Shakib Al Hasan sustaining a “left hip-flex injury” in a training session.

Shakib was hit by a delivery in his left thigh and was seen applying an ice-pack yesterday. He also walked with a slight limp and looked in pain. Today he tried to practice but could not continue for long.

The dilemma in the Bangladesh camp is whether to play Shakib in tomorrow’s match and risk aggravating his injury before the World T20 qualifiers in Dharamsala.

Team physio Bayjedul Islam, however, expressed confidence that the senior player will be available in the big match tomorrow.

“Shakib has sustained a hip-flex injury after being hit by a delivery during yesterday’s net session. These injuries in common language can be termed as thigh-muscle injury. These are known as ‘conditional injuries’, which normally heals in 48 hours. Today during optional practice (session), he felt the pain again and didn’t practice much. But we are hoping that he will play tomorrow,” the physio said.

“Medication can be taken but it may or may not work for a particular individual. Let us hope and pray that he will be okay without any need for medication,” he added.