Shakib back in Bangladesh squad for Sri Lanka tri-series

The all-rounder had been ruled out of the tourney due to a finger injury.

Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh’s regular Twenty20 captain.   -  AP

Bangladesh on Thursday added Shakib Al Hasan to its squad for the tri-nations Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka after the all-rounder recovered from injury, officials said.

“Shakib will join the squad today and we will assess him further to see if he can play in our next game,” selector Habibul Bashar told AFP by phone from Colombo.

Shakib, who normally skippers Bangladesh's short-format side, was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining a finger injury in a One-Day International against Sri Lanka in January. Batsman Mahmudullah Riyad has been the acting captain in the tri-series against Sri Lanka and India.

Bangladesh Cricket Board could not immediately confirm if Shakib would return as captain if he was included in the final eleven.

The board's president and several directors were in Sri Lanka and would decide on the captaincy, said BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus.

Bangladesh interim coach Courtney Walsh said any decisions about Shakib taking to the pitch or returning as captain would be made in the interest of the team. “If he is fit enough to play, then someone of his class and calibre we will have to consider,” he told reporters in Colombo.

‘Advantage’ for Bangladesh

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said it would be “a desperate measure” to put Shakib on the field before he was ready. “If he is really fit, then I think they have advantage, because he is the world's No. 1 all-rounder and we all know that he is a quality player,” he told reporters.

Bangladesh will face host Sri Lanka in a must-win contest in the final league match of the tournament on Friday. It has lost to India twice in the tournament but defeated Sri Lanka on its first meeting by completing a record-run chase.