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12 February, 2019 09:52:51 AM
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Selectors in dilemma to select Shakib’s replacement

Mash calls to put up unified effort in ODIs
Sports Reporter
Selectors in dilemma to select Shakib’s replacement

Bangladesh team management is in dilemma with the replacement of injured all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, a key figure in Bangladesh’s aspiration to bring up some good result from New Zealand in which they are yet to win any match in any format of cricket.

With the first ODI taking place tomorrow (Wednesday), it is all but certain there will be no like and like replacement of Shakib for this match. However sources said left-arm Taijul Islam could be slotted in considering his form in the international cricket of late.

Taijul was Bangladesh’s key bowler in Test format and since he is set to join the Test squad, the selectors wants him to send in New Zealand earlier than his departure.

He is likely to depart the country on February 15 if he gets the final nod.  Sources also added, if Taijul joins ODI side there is huge possibility that he will play first white-ball cricket since his last appearance in this format against Afghanistan in 2016.

Since the second ODI will be held on February 16 it is unlikely that he may not play that match after a long journey but the third and final ODI will be held on February 20 in which he may play.

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the upcoming ODI series in New Zealand after sustaining an injury to his left ring finger.

Shakib copped a blow from Thisara Perera while batting in the final of the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on last Friday evening, and suffered a fracture.

“We don’t need to mention the importance of Shakib because every time we went on to play without him we had difficult experience,’’ Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza told reporters at airport while departing with the third batch of cricketers of the ODI squad who stayed back to complete their BPL assignments.

‘’We all know it will be big challenge in New Zealand but now the challenge is doubled after losing him. We have to play with our available resources because we played with the same kind of challenge in Asia Cup,’’ he said.

Shakib returned home midway from the Asia Cup after a long-standing finger injury flared up that forced him to get operated immediately to recover from the accumulated pus in his finger, he ended up with three months lay-off that forced him to skip the home series against Zimbabwe.

Shakib made a comeback to cricket in the Test series against the West Indies at home in November, and went on to make his ODI return against the same opposition in the limited-overs series that followed soon after.

Bangladesh went on to the final of Asia despite the unavailability of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal as he was being ruled out after sustaining injury in the opening game against Sri Lanka, according to Mashrafe they need to put up unified effort to fill the gap of Shakib as they take on the host in a three-match ODI series, scheduled from February 13.

KK

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