Shakib ruled out of World Cup with a fractured finger

Shakib ruled out of World Cup with a fractured finger

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of his team’s final match at the 2023 World Cup, against Australia in Pune on November 11, with a fracture to his left index finger. Today he will fly back to Dhaka while the rest of the team heads to Pune from Delhi.

The injury occurred during his 82 innings against Sri Lanka in Delhi on Monday. According to physio Bayjedul Islam Khan, Shakib suffered the injury in the early part of his batting season.

“Shakib was hit on his left index finger at the start of his innings but continued batting with bandages and painkillers,” Bayjedul said. “He had an emergency X-ray done in Delhi after the match, which confirmed the fracture in the left PIP joint. Recovery is estimated in three to four weeks. Today he will leave for Bangladesh to begin his rehabilitation.”

Shakib’s injury ends a dramatic 24 hours for him. During Bangladesh’s three-wicket win over Sri Lanka yesterday, he had initiated the appeal that resulted in Angelo Mathews becoming the first batsman to be dismissed for time-out in international cricket. After the match, Shakib said that he had felt as if he was in a war on the field.

Bangladesh have lost six of their eight matches so far in this World Cup campaign, leaving them out of the semi-final contention. But they still have hopes of qualifying for the 2025 Champions Trophy; finishing in the top eight in the table would seal it. Shakib himself had a poor run of form in the World Cup, scoring single figures in three of the six innings he played before his Man of the Match 82 against Sri Lanka.