Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of Bangladesh’s remaining T20 World Cup matches due to a hamstring injury. He has not recovered sufficiently from the injury he sustained in his left leg during Friday’s game against West Indies. Team medical staff has decided to rule him out after a 48-hour observation period.
“Shakib sustained a left lower hamstring strain while fielding against the West Indies,” said team doctor Debashis Chowdhury in a statement. “During the clinical examination, it was determined that the injury was of Grade 1 severity. He has been ruled ineligible to compete in the tournament’s final two matches and until further notice.”
How did that happen?
In the fifth over of the match, Bangladesh’s star all-rounder pulled up while chasing a ball. He left the field briefly but returned to complete his four overs, despite hobbling around and being seen clutching the back of his left leg on several occasions.
Shakib later opened the innings for the first time in international cricket in an attempt to exploit his physical limitations during the powerplay but limped visibly while taking singles before being dismissed for nine runs.
Bangladesh has struggled after making it through the first round of the competition, losing all three games so far. Qualifying for the knockouts appears improbable for them in any case, and Shakib’s absence will only make things more difficult.
Injury Concern in Bangladesh Camp
Another injury concern is wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan, who missed the West Indies game due to a lower midriff injury. The team doctor has ordered that he rest until November 1.
Bangladesh will not name a replacement for Shakib because there are no reserve players traveling with the squad.
Bangladesh is winless in the Super 12 stage of the tournament after finishing second in Group A in Round 1.
Bangladesh’s next Super 12s match is against South Africa on November 2, and their final match is against Australia on November 4. Following the T20 World Cup, they will play three T20Is and two Tests against Pakistan.