Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, broke his left index finger during the team’s final World Cup match. He may also miss the team’s home series against New Zealand later this month. On Monday, November 6, in Delhi, during the team’s victory over Sri Lanka, Shakib sustained an injury while batting. He was ruled out of the competition due to a fracture that was discovered by an X-ray taken following the game. On November 11, his deputy Najmul Hossain Shanto will captain the team against Australia.
“Shakib had a hit to his left index finger early in the game, but he batted anyway, using painkillers and supporting tape. Following the game, he had an emergency X-ray in Delhi, which verified the fracture to his left PIP joint, according to National Team Physio Bayjedul Islam Khan on Tuesday. “Three to four weeks is the estimated recovery time. He’s off to Bangladesh today to start his rehabilitation.”
Following a World Cup performance of over 600 runs four years prior, the 36-year-old Shakib had a lackluster campaign in India, scoring just 186 runs at an average of 26.57 from seven innings. In yesterday’s victory, he scored eighty-two runs and claimed two wickets to claim the Player of the Match title. In addition to being a major player in the drama surrounding the “timed out” that transpired in Delhi yesterday, Shakib caused a stir midway through the tournament when he took a plane home to work on his game with his coach.
Bangladesh, who have only won twice in eight games, is already out of the running for the semifinals, but they still want to be eligible for the 2025 Champions Trophy.