Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan’s comeback from injury has been delayed further with the all-rounder set to miss the opening T20I of the two-match series against the visiting Sri Lankan side, beginning Thursday (February 15).
Shakib sustained an injury to his left hand during the tri-nation ODI series final and was forced to leave field. The 30-year-old received several stitches to his hand but any major scare was ruled out then. However, he was subsequently ruled out of the opening Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka.
Shakib, who was handed the captaincy role ahead of the Test series, also missed the second match that the hosts lost to concede the series 0-1 to the visitors after failing to recover sufficiently. Mahmudullah led in his absence.The T20I series begins in Dhaka on February 15. The second match of the series will be played in Sylhet on February 18.
According to Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin, the stitches on Shakib’s left hand opened up again and it would require at least a week to heal.
“His stitch was cut yesterday and it will take seven days for him to recover. We hope to get him in for the second game as the rehabilitation will take a week,” Minhajul told Cricbuzz.