Injured Shakib to miss Bangladesh’s Asia Cup final

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DHAKA, Sept 27, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan
has returned home from the United Arab Emirates due to injury and will miss
Friday’s Asia Cup final against India in Dubai, a team official said.

Shakib also missed Wednesday’s virtual semi-final against Pakistan after he
complained of a fresh pain in an injured finger.

Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 37 runs to move to the final of the Asia Cup
for the third time in the last four editions.

“The condition of his finger really turned bad. It got swollen. He was even
unable to hold the bat,” manager Khaled Mahmud told AFP from Dubai.

“We felt he immediately needs a surgery. He will soon travel to the USA to
visit a doctor,” he added.

A Bangladesh Cricket Board official confirmed Shakib arrived back in Dhaka
at midnight on Wednesday.

Thirty-one-year-old Shakib hurt his left little finger during the one-day
international series against Sri Lanka in January and missed the subsequent
Test and Twenty20 series.

He returned to the team for the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March and
has continued playing since then.

He wanted to have a surgery before the Asia Cup for a complete recovery
from the injury, but the BCB insisted on him playing in the Asia Cup.

The all-rounder played the team’s first four matches of the tournament. He
scored 49 runs and picked up seven wickets.

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