Bangladesh suffered a big setback on Wednesday when their star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan retired hurt  during the course of Bangladesh’s chase in the final league fixture against Ireland. The former Bangladesh captain hurt his left side while batting and must have sent wave of fears inside the Bangladesh dressing room with the injury happening just days before the World Cup.

Shakib had already played 51 deliveries and reached fifty before the side strain ended his knock. The incident occurred at the end of the 36th over of Bangladesh’s chase. An over earlier too, he was holding his side in pan.  Physio Thihan Chandramohan attended Shakib at the ground before the latter decided to continue batting. However, he did not last long. As soon as he resumed the innings, he felt the pain after pulling a short ball off Joshua Little. Shakib then finally decided to walk off the field in the next over.

Shakib Al Hasan.

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With the World Cup just over two weeks away, the decision was a wise one. Shakib is one of the most important players for the Tigers and losing him for the tournament could very well spell doom for Mashrafe Mortaza & Co. Shakib has been marred by injuries in recent times. Last year, he contracted an infection which nearly derailed his career.  In February this year, he broke his finger during the BPL final and consequently missed the tour of New Zealand.

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Talking about the game, Bangladesh thrashed Ireland by six wickets. They were already in the final of the series and will take on West Indies on May 17 for the trophy. Batting first, Ireland posted 292 for 8 in their fifty overs. In reply, Bangladesh chased down the total in 43 overs by losing only four wickets. Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Shakib impressed with the bat by scoring fifties.