Bangladesh suffered a massive blow ahead of their next week’s one-day international series against New Zealand when all-rounder Sakib al Hasan was ruled out with fresh injury on his finger, said the Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday.
Sakib sustained the injury to his left ring finger while batting in the final of the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League on Friday when it was hit by a short delivery from Thisara Perera in the 11th over of Dhaka Dynamites innings.
The BCB informed that the ace all-rounder would need three-week time to recover from the injury, which puts his participation in the Test series also in doubt as the first of the three-match series will begin on February 28 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
‘An X-ray was done after the match and the results have confirmed a fracture on the left ring finger. The affected area will now have to be immobilised for around three weeks,’ said BCB’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury in a statement.
However, it was very much likely that Sakib might be ruled out from the entire New Zealand tour after he missed much of the action in 2018 for an injury on his left little finger.
Sakib was expected to leave Dhaka for New Zealand with the third and final batch of Bangladeshi cricketers on Saturday night while the first two batches already reached there for the three-match ODI series, beginning in Napier on February 13.
The all-rounder had an impressive outing in the just concluded BPL as he ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps and also scored 301 runs with the bat which earned him the player of the tournament award.
Sakib had a long lay-off due to an injury on his left little finger that happened on January last year during a tri-series final at home and the injury kept him away from international cricket for over three months in different circles throughout the year.
The BCB was yet to name a replacement of Sakib for the ODI series.
This was the second injury blow for Bangladesh ahead of the New Zealand series as pacer Taskin Ahmed was previously ruled out of the series after sustaining an injury on his left ankle.
Taskin, who was named in the national squad after nearly a year, twisted his ankle during his side Sylhet Sixers’ last BPL match against Chittagong Vikings while trying to take the catch of Mosaddek Hossain.
It was later confirmed that he had damaged his left ankle’s ligament and would be out of action for at least four weeks and pacer Shafiul Islam was named as replacement of Taskin in ODI team while pacer Ebadat Hossain was included in the Test side in place of the injured Taskin.
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