Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup owing to a hamstring injury.
As per reports, the extent of Shakib’s injury is still unknown. The all-rounder’s participation in the upcoming home series against Pakistan, beginning on November 19, is uncertain and the picture will be clear after a report from Bangladesh physiotherapist Julian Calefato.
Confirming the development, chief physician of the Bangaldesh Cricket Board (BCB) Debashish Chowdhury said: “Shakib sustained a left lower hamstring strain while fielding during the match against the West Indies. In clinical examination it was diagnosed as an injury of Grade 1 intensity.”
“He is ruled out from participation in the last two matches of the tournament and until further review,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
The 34-year-old all-rounder hasn’t been upto the expectations as he not only failed with the bat but also managed merely couple of wickets in the showpiece event so far.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh-based website ‘bdcrictime’ quoted an unnamed team source as saying that the all-rounder will now fly to the United States to be with his family.
“Shakib’s injury did not heal. He is unlikely to play in the next two matches. Shakib will leave the team hotel tomorrow or the day after tomorrow’s match. He will move to his family in the USA,” the source was quoted as saying by the website.
Notably Shakib had sustained the injury on Friday during the contest against West Indies, which the Bangla Tigers lost by three runs.
The Mohammad Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh side will now play South Africa on November 2 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi before taking on Australia on November 4 in Dubai.
They are currently placed at the bottom of Group 1, having lost all three of their Super 12 games so far.
Earlier on Wednesday, Bangladesh pacer Mohammad Saifuddin was also ruled out of the ongoing T20 World Cup with a back pain.
Saifuddin, 24, was later replaced in the 15-man Bangaldesh squad by senior fast bowler Rubel Hossain.
According to a Bangladesh team official, Saifuddin had complained of pain on the left side of his back after the last game against Sri Lanka.
Notably, Saifuddin had issues with his back at the 2019 World Cup as well.
Earlier, Saifuddin had scalped four wickets in the three games he played in the qualifying round of the showpiece event. He had returned with figures of 1/38 in Bangaldesh loss to Sri Lanka in the first game of the Super 12 round.