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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will miss the first Test against Sri Lanka due to a finger injury he sustained during the ODI tri-series final.
Shakib, who injured his left little finger, may even miss the remainder of the series as he required stitches and will need to be assessed once the swelling and bruising reduces.
Shakib suffered the injury in the 42nd over of the match after attempting to run out Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal. However, he ended up falling awkwardly on his left hand and was subsequently taken to hospital.
“The x-ray did not find any fracture,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) senior physician Debashis Chowdhury said in a release. “However, there is subluxation/joint sprain at the base of the little finger on his left hand. He has been assessed by a cosmetic surgeon and necessary repairs have been done. The affected finger will have to be immobilized for at least a week before further assessment is made which means he is out of the first Test in Chittagong.”
Given that Shakib was recently made Bangladesh’s Test captain, all-rounder Mahmudullah will lead the side in his absence.
The national selectors have also included left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam and leg-spinner Tanbir Hayder into the squad for the first Test.
The first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will get underway on January 31 in Chittagong.