Shakib ‘unlikely’ to play T20s against Sri Lanka

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is unlikely to play in the upcoming two-match T20 series against Sri Lanka as doctors have advised that he still needs another two weeks to recover from his finger injury.

The allrounder missed the recent Test series defeat against their Asian rivals but was named as skipper for the two T20Is in a squad that included five uncapped players.

The T20Is take place on the 15th and 18th of this month but Shakib revealed to the media on Sunday that he might not play although there has been no official word from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

Shakib said: “There is still no official statement regarding this issue but the doctor has told me that the injury will take another two weeks to heal.

“So, if that is the case then maybe it is unlikely that I will play in the T20 series.”

The left-handed batsman and left-arm spinner said he is hopeful of being fully fit for the Bangladesh’s tour to Sri Lanka next month where they will play a T20 tri-series against the hosts and India.

Shakib continued: “I am to undergo rehab and recover for the tri-nation T20I Nidahas series in Sri Lanka in March.”