Sports desk: Bangladesh Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan reached the Thai capital Bangkok on Monday for the treatment of his left hand little finger injury which he suffered during fielding against Sri Lanka in the Tri-nation ODI series final in Mirpur on January 27, UNB reports.
After the incident, the world-famed all-rounder was sidelined for the remaining Test and T20 home series against Sri Lanka giving captaincy to Mahmudullah Riyad.
Shakib is reportedly made appointment with two orthopedic surgeons in Bangkok and expected to return home before the Sri Lanka tour to play the tri-nation T20 ‘Nidahas Trophy’ in Colombo, also involving India and Sri Lanka.
Due to the finger injury, Shakib will also miss the Tigers’ first match of the Nidahas Trophy against India on March 8 where Mahmudullah will lead Bangladesh.
But, the BCB is very much hopeful that Shakib will accompany the Bangladesh team in Sri Lanka on March 4.
The 13-day Twenty20 tri-nation series will begin on March 6 with hosts Sri Lanka taking on India at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The series will follow a round-robin format where all three teams will play each other twice and the top two sides will play the final scheduled for March 18 at the same venue
Sri Lanka are arranging the Nidahas Trophy tournament to mark the island nation’s 70th year of independence from the British rule on February 4 in 1948.
Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Nurul Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Nidahas Trophy Fixture: Sri Lanka vs India (March 6); Bangladesh vs India (March 8); Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh (March 10); India vs Sri Lanka (March 12); India vs Bangladesh (March 14); Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (March 16) and Final on March 18.