Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's availability is in doubt ahead of today's virtual semifinal against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup.
The world's top-ranked all-rounder is playing the tournament with a long-standing left little finger injury sustained in the tri-series final at home against Sri Lanka in January this year. His participation in the ongoing Asia Cup was in doubt until it was decided that he would possibly go for a surgery before the home series against Zimbabwe next month.
"Shakib is 50-50 right now; we cannot yet say what will happen," team manager Khaled Mahmud told The Daily Star yesterday. "We are working on the assumption that he will play, but we cannot say for sure yet."
Shakib went for a scan on his finger on Monday, which the team management called a routine check.
"He has been playing, so it's natural that the pain would increase," Mahmud said.
If Shakib does miss out, it would be a big blow to Bangladesh because talismanic opener Tamim Iqbal is already out of the Asia Cup with a fractured hand.