POST TIME: 1 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Shakib looks doubtful for Sri Lanka tri-series
Sports Reporter

Shakib looks doubtful
for Sri Lanka tri-series

A file photo of Shakib Al Hasan

Even though Shakib Al Hasan was expected to play a couple of matches in the Nidahas Trophy, a tri-nation T20 series involving India and hosts Sri Lanka, the latest update of his rehabilitation made it clear, all is not okay with the ace all-rounder. The Test and T20 captain of Bangladesh is in Thailand to take an advance treatment of his little finger which was injured during the Tri-nation ODI tournament last month but he is due to be in country on March 2. However BCB chief physician Dr. Devashis Chowdhury said as per the prescription of the doctors in Thailand Shakib needs to take physiotherapy to heal the injury completely after which he should be in observation for some days to be fit for playing international game.

The latest treatment procedure of Shakib clearly indicated it would be tough for him to play the Nidahas Trophy even though Dr. Devashis refused to rule him out at the moment.

“The doctors advised Shakib to take physiotherapy in Bangkok but here in Bangladesh we have also good facilities to give physiotherapy. If Shakib wants, he also can take the physiotherapy in Colombo,” said Dr. Devashis. “But he needs to have physiotherapy at least one week after which he needs to rehab at least three or four days. If he goes to the ground directly without any rehab, it would be dangerous for his career.”

“Now board will decide where he would take the physiotherapy,” he added.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said Shakib will be back in country on March 2 after taking the first physiotherapy.

On the other hand, BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Akram said Shakib will go to Colombo with the team. It means Shakib would take the rest of the physiotherapy in Colombo.

But what Akram said is that Shakib could miss first one or two matches while his treatment procedure indicated there is hardly any chance for him to be match-fit until the second week of the March when the Nidahas trophy tournament will come to a fag end. However Akram hoped Bangladesh would bounce back nicely in the Nidahas Trophy to prove that their performance in the last two series was just one-off incident.

“We need a good win to regain the confidence. If we can start well the tournament, I hope we have good chance to fare well there,” Akram, the former Bangladesh skipper said.