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Shakib’s injury major dent for Tigers

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 1 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Shakib’s injury major dent for Tigers
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan clutches his knee during the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup match against West Indies at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on October 29, 2021. – AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh received a huge blow in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup as their major star Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out from the tournament due to a hamstring injury.

 Bangladesh's performance in the ongoing global tournament came under scrutiny after their three successive losses in the Super12s respectively against Sri Lanka, England and West Indies made sure there is hardly any chance for them to progress beyond the group stage.

Tigers' campaign couldn’t have started in a bizarre way as they lost to Scotland in their opening game and though they went on to win against Oman and PNG to book a berth in the Super 12s it hardly showcased their potential as a T20 nation.

Tigers failed to impress with their bat and ball in the tournament and furthermore, they received huge blows due to injuries of their cricketers that certainly weakened their strength to say the least.

After their game against Sri Lanka, all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin complained of a back injury and eventually he was ruled out of the tournament.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan received an abdominal injury during the practice session ahead of the England game and though he featured against the Englishmen he failed to make him available against the Englishmen, he also failed to make him available against West Indies and remains doubtful for the whole tournament.

However, their biggest blow came on Sunday when ace all-rounder Shakib was ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

The presence of Shakib seemed was evident in the field and that was not limited to bat and ball rather he was seen inspiring his teammates all the time while coming up with valuable suggestions whenever Mahmudullah sought it during crucial juncture of the game.

“It’s a massive blow and we all know that because apart from his batting and bowling we will also be missing his cricketing brain that helped his teammates more than one way,” a member of the team management told The Daily Sun when his attention was drawn on Sunday.

Shakib, who limped throughout the game against West Indies, was under observation for 48-hour after he picked up the injury during their do-or-die match against West Indies in Sharjah on Friday.

Later it was revealed that the all-rounder sustained a left lower hamstring strain while fielding and it was diagnosed as an injury of Grade 1 intensity.

BCB physicians have suggested Shakib skips sports participation in the last two matches of the tournament while they are expected to do a review after a week.

Bangladesh, who are at the bottom in the Group A point table, eyeing to end their World Cup campaign on a high note, and definitely Shakib’s injury is a major dent for them.