DHAKA, March 3, 2018 (BSS) - It comes as a major blow for Bangladesh team as star all-rounder and captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the upcoming Nidahas Trophy due to finger injury.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday in a press release stated that the all-rounder is still nursing a finger injury and will be unavailable for the tri-nation Twenty20 tournament also involving hosts Sri Lanka and India.
Team's vice-captain Mahmudullah Riyad will lead the side in the T20 tournament in Shakib's absence. Shakib has been replaced in the squad by batsman Liton Das.
The Nidahas Trophy will start in Colombo on Tuesday (March 6) with the hosts Sri Lanka taking on No.1-ranked Team India.
The BCB included Shakib in the squad for the Nidahas Trophy with a hope that he would recover at some stage of the tournament. The BCB last week sent Shakib to Thailand for an expert opinion on his injured finger, where doctors said it would need more time to heal.
Bangladesh will face India in their opening match of the tournament on Thursday (March 8).
Earlier, Shakib had injured his finger in the final of the tri-nation ODI series that Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka in Dhaka in January.
The ace all-rounder Shakib was also unavailable for the two-Test series and the two-match T20 series against Sri Lanka in January/February. Bangladesh lost the Test series 0-1 and were outplayed by 0-2 in the T20 series.
Bangladesh squad: Mahmudullah (captain) Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Haider Rony, Abu Jayed Rahi, Ariful Haque, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Nazmul Islam Apu and Liton Kumar Das