Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan to miss New Zealand ODIs due to finger injury

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Shakib Al Hasan (l).

Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series in New Zealand after injuring his left ring finger.

Shakib – leading Dhaka Dynamites – was hit on the finger by Comilla Victorians’ Thisara Perera during the final of the Bangladesh Premier League on Friday and it was later found to be a fracture. Comilla eventually won the final by 17 runs thanks to an unbeaten 141 from Tamim Iqbal.

“An x-ray was done after the match and the results have confirmed a fracture on the left ring finger. The affected area will now have to be immobilised for around three weeks,” BCB physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

According to the report, it’s not the same finger that Shakib injured and got operated last year.

The three-match ODI series begins in Napier on February 13. That series will be followed by a three-match Test clash – beginning in Hamilton from February 28 –  and Shakib might miss those matches as well.

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Bangladesh star all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza is enjoying a stellar week on and off the field. At the end of last year, Mortaza became the first active Bangladesh cricketer to be elected to the national parliament after winning the Narail-2 seat with 96 per cent of the votes.

Mortaza went right back to cricket and has shown great form in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. He picked up two wickets in his first game of the tournament and in his third match , captaining Rangapur Riders, Mortaza decimated a star-studded Comilla Victorians team by picking up 4-11 from his four overs on Tuesday.

Mortaza picked up the scalps of Tamim Iqbal, Evin Lewis, Imrul Kayes and Australian batsman Steve Smith – for a duck – as the Victorians were eventually blown away for 63. It was Mortaza’s best effort in T20 cricket, bettering his previous figures of 4-19.

Mortaza has been having a great time as captain. He led the Tigers to the final of the Asia Cup against India in the UAE where they lost off the last ball of the tournament. He also captained Bangladesh to a home ODI series win over the West Indies in December.

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Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful.

Disgraced Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful is back in the Bangladesh Premier League after serving a five-year ban for match-fixing in the second edition of the league.

The middle order batsman, 34, harbours hopes of making an international comeback and is looking at the upcoming edition of the BPL – which runs from January 5- February 8 – while playing for the Chittagong Vikings to make his case.

“Obviously, it will be challenging, it’s an international standard tournament and it will count if you play well. As I have the experience of playing 13 years in international cricket, the first two editions of the BPL and also as part of the champion side, I will try to give my best Chittagong Vikings. It is also important that my team gets benefited through my performance,” Ashraful said.

The talented batsman believes he has paid the price for his mistake and deserves another shot at redemption.

“I have faced the punishment for my guilt and was out of this format for five years and nine months. I have admitted my mistake and received the punishment and also played domestic cricket in the last two years. My fans are also waiting for me to play well and wondering whether I will be able to make a return. I will try to play well in the BPL for them, at the same time I will look to make a comeback for our cricket (national team). It will be an example if I am able to return by my performance, and I think it will be challenging,” he added.

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