Shakib expected to recover for Test series


Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will be available for the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies given his scans are clear following a groin injury.

Bangladesh have been fretting over the availability of their ace all-rounder after he picked up a groin injury in the last of the three ODIs against the tourists. Shakib collapsed almost immediately in his follow through after delivering the fifth ball of his fifth over in the third ODI and was seen grimacing in a lot of pain before leaving the field.

“His scan report is absolutely fine and there is no tear. Our physio Julian had seen him in the evening and there is improvement. We are hopeful that he will return to practice soon,” BCB physician Manzur Hossain told media on Thursday. 

“Probably he might have rest for a day or two but at the moment there is no doubt regarding his participation in the first Test considering his scan reports that we have received today.”

Shakib played an instrumental role in Bangladesh’s 3-0 sweep over the visitors, scoring 113 runs at an average of 56.5, along with claiming six wickets.

Meanwhile, BCB’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told that Shakib did not break the bio-bubble despite leaving the team hotel for his scans.

“We have a protocol in place for this series and it is mentioned in the MoU what needs to be done in this kind of situation. The WICB officials are fully aware that we are following the COVID-19 protocols in this case,” Chowdhury said.

Bangladesh will take on West Indies in the first Test at Chattogram between February 3-7, before returning to Dhaka for the second Test beginning February 11.