Shakib to miss third Test against New Zealand, confirms BCB

Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan is going to be absent in the third and final Test against New Zealand.

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On confirming the news, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Operation’s Committee Chairman Akram Khan said to the media on Monday that the availability of Shakib Al Hasan for the rest of the tour will not see the dawn.

“It is not possible for Shakib to return to the field anymore now for the upcoming Test against New Zealand,”

said Akram Khan.

When he was asked about the reason behind the decision, Akram Khan told the media, “As per the medical reports in our hand, Shakib Al Hasan cannot back into field action up to 20th of March. He will be in net practice after that. We will take the decision of his return after that period of time.”

Prior to this, chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu and chief physician of the board Debashish Chowdhury hinted that Shakib might not be able to take part in the last match of the tour as well.

On the other hand, Operations’ Committee chairman Akram Khan held high hopes about Mushfiqur Rahim’s recovery. The veteran wicket keeper batsman has also been suffering from injury troubles and is out of the Test series.

“Mushfiqur is recovering well,”

Akram Khan said.

“Although he is in a better shape but we are not still capable of confirming his availability in the last Test against New Zealand. The decision will be taken prior to two to three days of the match. But we are hoping that he will play in the forthcoming Test,” Akram Khan said.

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