Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan all but ruled him out from the forthcoming two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka as he claimed on Sunday that he still needed two weeks to recover from injury.
The announcement came as a big blow for the Tigers ahead of the Twenty20 series as they have already lost the two-match Test series 1-0 as well as the tri-series final against the Islanders.
Although it was quite known that he might not be available for the Twenty20 series as well as his physicians gave him a few more days rest, the selectors out of nowhere picked him in the 15-member Twenty20 squad on Saturday.
But a day after his selection, Sakib claimed that he was concentrating to make his return in cricket in the upcoming tri-nation Twenty20 tournament scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka involving the hosts and India next month.
‘There is still no official statement regarding this issue but the doctor has told me that the injury will take another two weeks to heal,’ Sakib told reports at a programme where he was named as the goodwill ambassador of Anti-Corruption Commission in Dhaka on Sunday.
‘So, if that is the case then maybe it is unlikely that I will play in the T20 series.
‘I wish after two more weeks of rehabilitation, I can go to Sri Lanka to play in the Nidahas Cup,’ he added.
Sakib, who sustained an injury in his little left finger while fielding at extra-cover during the final of the tri-nation tournament on January 27, hurt the base of the fifth finger and later received stiches.
His injury eventually ruled him out from the Test series and in his absence, his deputy Mahmudullah led the side in both the Test matches.
The Tigers failed immensely to compete against Sri Lanka in the second Test to suffer a 215-run defeat to lose the Test series despite pulling off a decent performance in the first Test at Chittagong.
Despite the Test series loss against Sri Lanka, Sakib expressed his confidence that the Tigers would make a strong fight-back in the Twenty20 series, starting on January 15 at Dhaka.
‘Everyone aims to win matches. But you can’t expect your wish to be fulfilled all the time. I hope that we’ll bounce back in the Twenty20 series and will make a good result,’ he said.
However, chief selector Minhajul Abedin was confident that Bangladesh would get his service in the second Twenty20 match in Sylhet scheduled to be held on January 18.
‘We knew that he might not be available for the opening Twenty20 but we are hopeful that he will be in back in action when we will play the second match at Sylhet,’ Minhajul said on Sunday.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Cricket