Shakib Al Hasan Doubtful For Sri Lanka Clash Due To Thigh Injury
Bangladesh’s hopes of getting back to winning ways in the World Cup could take a huge blow as their star man Shakib Al Hasan is looking doubtful for the clash against Sri Lanka on Tuesday (June 11). The allrounder sustained a thigh injury during the England game last week. In case, Shakib misses out it would be a huge blow for Bangladesh.
The 32-year old has been in stunning form in the World Cup. Shakib has scored two half-centuries and a century in the tournament so far, and is also leading the bowling attack. With Bangladesh desperate to get back to winning ways, missing Shakib is the last thing that they would want at the moment. However, Shakib is a serious doubt for the clash against the Islanders.
A scan done on Shakib has suggested a Grade 1 strain on his left thigh. Bangladesh team technical manager Khaled Mahmud spoke about the injury and said that there is no surety of Shakib’s presence against Sri Lanka.
“It looks like a Grade 1 strain,” Mahmud said. “We are not yet sure whether he can play tomorrow [Tuesday]. It doesn’t look so serious. Shakib was fine yesterday, but seemed to be feeling it a bit more today.”
Shakib attended the practice session on Monday but did not bat or bowl which is not a healthy sign for Bangladesh. Time is running for out the for the Tigers in the ongoing World Cup. They had started the tournament on a stunning note by beating fancied South Africa. After posting 330- their highest-ever ODI total- they managed to restrict the Proteas at 309. However, things have not gone their way in the last two games.
Against New Zealand, they were all out for a modest 244. They did give a stiff fight with the ball but New Zealand managed to win by two wickets. In their last outing, England thrashed them by 106 runs. After blasting a mammoth 386 for 6, England bowled out Bangladesh for 280 despite Shakib Al Hasan scoring 121.