Bangladesh heaved a sigh of relief as all-rounder Sakib al Hasan developed no serious injury and was expected to become fit before their next World Cup match against West Indies.
The mood in the Bangladesh camp had turned sombre once Sakib complained of a thigh injury after his fighting century in the 106-run loss against hosts England in Cardiff.
The injury forced Sakib to refrain from training on Monday in Bristol and ruled him all but out of the game against Sri Lanka, which was finally washed-out by heavy rain.
Sakib was taken for a precautionary scanning in Bristol on Monday, which, nevertheless did not reveal any tear but only a strain on his left thigh, said a team official.
‘He picked up a little injury, as you all saw in that game against England. He fought on and battled on, and played extremely well with an injury,’ Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes told reporters after the abandoned Bristol game.
‘We’re very, very optimistic that the treatment that he’ll get this week and the way that he can recover well; we’re very optimistic that he can play in that next game against West Indies,’ added Rhodes.
Bangladesh will play their next game against West Indies five days later at Taunton, the home of Somerset county club, on June 17.
Sakib’s presence has now become crucial for Bangladesh in every game given that he is the only regular performer among the senior players for the Tigers so far in the tournament.
Sakib, the top-ranked all-rounder in one-day international is the leading run scorer so far in the tournament with 260 runs in three matches, alongside picking three wickets.
He was the man of the match in a 21-run win against South Africa for his 75 runs and one wicket before making 64 off 68 balls against New Zealand.
On Saturday, Sakib became only the second Bangladeshi ever to hit a century in a World Cup match when he smashed 121 off 119 balls against England.
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