Sakib in Asia Cup dilemma

Staff Correspondent | Published at 02:34am on August 10, 2018


Bangladesh all-rounder Sakib al Hasan speaks to the media on their arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Test and Twenty20 skipper Sakib al Hasan on Thursday said that he might undergo an immediate surgery in his injured finger before the Asia Cup in United Arab Emirates, effectively ruling him out of the tournament.
‘We all know I have to have surgery,’ Sakib told reporters at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after team’s return from the West Indies.
‘The discussion is now on with the physio about when and where it should be done. But I feel that the earlier it is possible the better it will be, most probably before the Asia Cup,’ he added.
Sakib hurt the base of his left little finger while fielding during the tri-series one-day international tournament final against Sri Lanka on January 27 and missed the subsequent Test and Twenty20 series against the same opponents.
He also missed the first few matches of Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka in March before joining the team midway through the competition.
During his healing period, Sakib took treatment in Australia, where doctors had advised him for a surgery for completely recovery.
His pain returned during the recent Twenty20 series in the West Indies and the United States, where he played the last two matches with painkillers and led Bangladesh to a 2-1 win in the series.
With a busy schedule coming ahead for the Tigers leading up to the World Cup 2019, Sakib felt that he should not delay his surgery.
‘I don’t want to play without being full fit. If I think that way it should be done before Asia Cup and that is normal,’ he said.
Bangladesh have been drawn in Pool B with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, scheduled from September 15 to 28.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan suggested that it would be better for the all-rounder to undergo surgery after the Asia Cup.
‘I told him that it would be better for us to do that surgery during the Zimbabwe series, where we can make some experiments also,’ Nazmul told reporters at a city hotel.
‘Asia Cup will be more competitive this year and if Sakib doesn’t play our team’s morale will be down,’ he added.
Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe for two Tests and three one-day internationals between October and November.
They will then play a full series against West Indies at home before the board hosting the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League in January.
The Tigers will then travel to New Zealand and Ireland before the ICC World Cup takes place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.