DHAKA: Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the first Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka after he failed to recover from a finger injury, it was announced Tuesday.
The star all-rounder also missed the recent Test series against Sri Lanka after sustaining the injury during the one-day international tri-series final against the same opponents in January.
Bangladesh, who lost the tri-series final and the Test series, initially included Shakib in their squad for the two T20 matches, the first of which is on Thursday in Dhaka.
“He was making good progress so we thought he might be available for both the matches. But it seems now he cannot play the first Twenty20,” said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.
“We will see how he goes before we decide about playing him in the second match.”
The second match will be played in Sylhet on Sunday.
Batsman Mahmudullah, who captained Bangladesh in the Test series in Shakib’s absence, will also fill in as skipper for the T20 opener.
Selectors asked left-arm spinner Nazmul Hossain to join the squad as a replacement for Shakib in the first game.
Shakib had replaced pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza as Bangladesh’s T20 skipper in the series against South Africa in October.—AFP