Big blow for Bangladesh as Shakib Al Hasan ruled out of NZ ODIs

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Bangladesh suffered a major blow as their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the upcoming one-day international series against New Zealand after fracturing his left finger.

The 31-year-old was hit on his left ring finger while batting against Thisara Perera in the final of Bangladesh Premier League 2019 on Friday, 8 February.

The impact caused a fracture, and Shakib will be side-lined for at least 21 days. That rules him out of the ODIs in New Zealand, which begin on Wednesday in Napier.

“An X-ray was done after the match and the results have confirmed a fracture on the left ring finger,” Dr Debashis Chowdhury, the BCB’s chief physician, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“The affected area will now have to be immobilised for around three weeks.”

Shakib had a long layoff due to an injury on his left little finger last year – it kept him away from international cricket for over three months.

The all-rounder was impressive in BPL 2019. He ended the tournament as top wicket-taker with 23 scalps and amassed 301 runs with the bat.

The three ODIs will be played in Napier, Christchurch and Dunedin on 13, 16 and 20 February respectively.