Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan could miss the Asia Cup in UAE

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Shakib Al Hasan could miss the Asia Cup

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan could miss the Asia Cup in the UAE after hinting he is likely to undergo surgery on his finger.

The 31-year-old’s pain with his little finger on his left hand resurfaced during the recent T20 series against West Indies and confirmed he is likely to have surgery before next month’s tournament.

“We all know that I have to have a surgery,” Shakib told reporters at Dhaka airport after Bangladesh team’s return from the West Indies.

“But I feel the earlier it is done, the better, most probably before the Asia Cup,” he said.

Shakib first suffered the injury during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in January but with the World Cup on the horizon in England next May, he wants to ensure he is fully fit for the showpiece event.

“I don’t want to play without being fully fit. If I think that way, it should be done before Asia Cup and that is normal,” he said.

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Bangladesh won the T20 series 2-1. Image: BCB/Twitter.

Bangladesh ended their tour of the West Indies on a winning note as the Tigers survived a late onslaught from Andre Russell to win the rain-affected third T20 by 19 runs and with it the series.

Russell hit 47 off 21 deliveries with six sixes and one four to keep the hosts in the hunt as they chased Bangladesh’s total of 184-5 in Lauderhill, USA.

However his fall in the 18th over – to left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman (3-31) – sealed the match for Bangladesh.

Russell’s exit at 135-7 after 17.1 overs was followed by rain which ended play.

Bangladesh lost the Test series 2-0 but bounced back in the limited-overs leg, with the 2-1 T20 series win following a similar result in the ODIs.

The big total was set up by Liton Das who hit 61 off just 32 balls with six fours and three sixes. The Tigers’ total was also boosted by Tamim Iqbal who helped add 61 off just 4.4 overs with Das for the opening wicket.

“This was a tremendous team effort and will give us a lot of confidence moving forward,” said captain Shakib Al Hasan. “Now we need to build on this performance, in both the ODI’s and T20’s, when we return home to be more consistent and competitive against the big teams.”

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Half-fit Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman selected for West Indies ODIs

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Left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was on Tuesday included in Bangladesh’s ODI squad for the three-match ODI series against the West Indies despite being only half-fit.

Mustafizur has not played any competitive cricket since he hurt his left big toe in May while playing in the IPL for Mumbai Indians.

The 22-year-old missed the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan in June and will be unavailable for the two-Test series against the West Indies which begins in Antigua on Wednesday.

“He has yet to regain his full fitness. Yet, we included him in the ODI squad because we have some time in our hands,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying by AFP.

“We will see him how he goes in a four-day match against Sri Lanka A next week. If he can prove his match fitness, only then he will travel with the squad,” he said.

Bangladesh have included uncapped pacer Abu Jayed as back-up for Mustafizur, raising the number of players in the squad to 16.

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