Shakib in Chittagong to cheer for Tigers

Shakib Al Hasan who was appointed as Bangladesh’s new Test skipper replacing Mushfiqur Rahim a few days back, has been ruled out of Bangladesh’s first match of the ongoing two-match Test series against Sri Lanka due to a finger injury that he sustained before the final of the recently concluded tri-series.

Although Shakib is not part of the 16-man squad announced for Chittagong Test, he flew to the port city today morning to cheer for his team mates. He was seen in the gallery along with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury and other directors.

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Earlier, Shakib hurt the base of the little finger of his left hand during the 42nd over of Sri Lanka’s innings in the final and was unable to continue at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. No fracture was found in X-ray report but the injury required four stitches.

In absence of Shakib, his deputy Mahmudullah Riyad has been appointed as captain for the ongoing match and the new skipper marked Shakib’s absence as a big loss. “It is a big loss. He is a very important player in our team,” Mahmudullah told reporters on the eve of the Test.

No doubt Bangladesh will miss the service of Shakib on the field but his presence in the gallery definitely would inspire the whole Bangladesh team.


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