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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan won’t be available for the Asia Cup final against India as the condition of his fractured finger has become worse.
Shakib has returned back to Bangladesh, and did not feature in Bangladesh’s knockout match against Pakistan on Wednesday, where they triumphed by 37 runs to book their spot in the final.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cricket operations chairman Akram Khan revealed that every effort had been made to try and get Shakib fit enough to play in the match against Pakistan, but the 31-year-old was in too much pain.
Akram also confirmed that Shakib will now be out of action for four to six weeks.
“He will be out for four to six weeks,” Akram was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The pain had increased over the last few days and physio Thihan Chandramohan tried his best to get him on the field, but the pain was too much. I would like to thank Shakib for playing the first four matches with the pain he had.”
Earlier, Bangladesh manager Khaled Mahmud revealed that Shakib underwent scans on Monday, and the results were grim.
“He actually can’t grip the bat. The report was not good,” Mahmud had told The Daily Star. “There has been inflammation of the finger [since he last played] and the pain has also increased.”
Given the severity of his injury, Shakib is likely to miss Bangladesh’s upcoming home series against Zimbabwe, which begins on October 21.