Bangladesh vs Pakistan match: 'Shakib Al Hasan can't grip the bat'
05:34 PM, September 26, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:39 PM, September 26, 2018

'Shakib can't grip the bat'

Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has not been able to grip the bat over the last two days, resulting in him missing out on the crucial Bangladesh-Pakistan encounter in Abu Dhabi, team manager Khaled Mahmud informed on Wednesday. 

Shakib was ruled out of the virtual Asia Cup semifinal with a flare-up of a left littl finger injury he has been carrying since the final of the tri-series at home against Sri Lanka in January 2018. He had gone for a scan on Monday, the day following the Bangladesh-s three-run win over Afghanistan, which the team management said was routine. However, while not revealing the contents of the scan, team manager Khaled Mahmud had said that Shakib was a 50-50 chance of playing the Pakistan game. 

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"He actually can't grip the bat," Mahmud said after the toss. "The report was not good. There has been inflammation of the finger [since he last played]  and the pain has also increased. 

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. He had said in the lead-up to the tournament that while there was not much problem bowling his left-arm spin, he was finding it difficult to bat. 

His scores in the four matches of the Asia Cup -- 0, 32, 17 and 0 -- reflect that uneasiness. Meanwhile, in the ODI series of the tour of West Indies in July-August, he had scored 97, 56 and 37 while also scoring 19, 60 and 24 in the T20Is. 

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