There is a question mark over Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s availability for the tri-nation series final against West Indies today after the left-hander was forced off the field with what appeared to be a side strain during the Tigers’ last match against Ireland.
The all-rounder is a crucial part of the Bangladesh set-up and his potential loss was a matter of concern for the Tigers ahead of the final and with the World Cup just around the corner. Shakib’s latest injury was the focus of the media attention as he only recently returned to the Tigers’ set-up after a lengthy absence due to an injury he suffered during the Bangladesh Premier League final this year.
Early yesterday afternoon, chief selector Minhajul Abedin told The Daily Star that ‘the injury does not seem to be serious’, which is good news for the team and fans.
Team Physio Thilan Chandramohan’s statement was more reserved: “Shakib sustained a left-sided back muscle spasm. He is undergoing assessment and treatment and we will make a decision regarding his availability for tomorrow’s final on the morning of the match.”
While there is cause for concern, when the team management was asked about Shakib’s current injury situation, they were positive that the all-rounder’s injury may not see him sit out the final.
“Unless it’s as a precautionary measure, there is little chance that he will not appear in the final. Further assessment will be done before the match,” the team management informed.
Given that the World Cup is imminent, unless Shakib feels that his World Cup participation might be at risk, he will likely play the final today against the Windies.