Fractured Finger Keeps Shakib Al Hasan Out of World Cup

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will miss his team’s final World Cup 2023 match against Australia in Pune on November 11 due to a fractured left index finger.

He’ll fly home to Dhaka today as the team heads to Pune from Delhi. After the ICC event technical committee clearance, batsman Anamul Haque will replace Shakib.

Shakib was injured on Monday during his 82-run innings against Sri Lanka in Delhi. Shakib was injured early in his batting career, according to physio Bayjedul Islam Khan.

“Shakib was struck on his left index finger early in his innings but continued to bat with supportive taping and painkillers,” Bayjedul. “After the game, an emergency X-ray in Delhi revealed the left PIP joint fracture. Expect three to four weeks of recovery. He’s going to Bangladesh for rehab today.”

Shakib’s injury ends a rollercoaster 24 hours. He started an appeal that led to Angelo Mathews becoming the first international hitter to be timed out in Bangladesh’s three-wicket win over Sri Lanka yesterday. It seemed like a war on the field, Shakib stated after the game.

Bangladesh has lost six of eight World Cup games, eliminating them from the semis. They can still qualify for the Champions Trophy 2025 with a top-eight result. Shakib scored in single digits in three of his six World Cup innings until his Player-of-the-Match 82 against Sri Lanka.

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