Injured Shakib ruled out of Bangladesh’s final World Cup game

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will miss the team’s final game of the ongoing World Cup and potentially the home series against New Zealand that follows later this month after breaking his left index finger. Shakib suffered the injury while batting in the team’s win against Sri Lanka in Delhi on Monday (November 6). An x-ray conducted after the game confirmed a fracture which has ruled him out of the tournament. His deputy Najmul Hossain Shanto will lead the side against Australia on November 11.”Shakib was struck on his left index finger early in his innings but continued to bat with supportive taping and painkillers. He underwent an emergency X-ray in Delhi after the game which confirmed the fracture on the left PIP joint,” National Team Physio Bayjedul Islam Khan said on Tuesday. “Recovery is estimated at three to four weeks. He will leave for Bangladesh today to begin his rehab.”After aggregating over 600 runs in the World Cup four years ago, the 36-year-old Shakib had a lukewarm campaign in India, totalling only 186 runs from seven innings at an average of 26.57. Eighty two of those runs came in yesterday’s victory, in which he also picked up two wickets to win the Player of the Match award. Shakib was one of the central protagonists of the ‘timed out’ dramathat unravelled in Delhi yesterday and also raised eyebrows midway through the tournament when he flew home to work on his game with his personal coach.Later, it was also confirmed that wicketkeeper-batter Anamul Haque will be officially replacing Shakib in the 15-man squad for the final game. Anamul has played 45 ODIs so far for Bangladesh with his most recent appearance coming in an Asia Cup game against India almost a couple of months ago.Bangladesh, who have just two wins from eight games, are already eliminated from the race to the semifinals but continue to chase qualification to the 2025 Champions Trophy.


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