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Shakib Al Hasan to lead Bangladesh in tri-series despite fitness concerns

Shakib Al Hasan is recovering from a finger injury
Shakib Al Hasan is recovering from a finger injury

Bangladesh have confirmed all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as the captain for the upcoming Twenty20 International Tri-Series despite him not recovering completely from his injury.

Shakib, who was recently reappointed as the skipper of the Test and One-Day International squads, sustained a finger injury during the series against Sri Lanka and was forced to miss the Tests and T20I series against Sri Lanka.

According to reports it is understood that the Bangladesh Cricket Board made a repeated request to ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza to reconsider his decision on retirement from T20Is but with the 34-year-old turning down, BCB President Nazmul Hasan has persuaded Shakib to be part of the series despite him being reluctant.

The medical team of BCB though confirmed that Shakib will not be available for the opening two games of the tournament against India and Sri Lanka.

"He might be available for one or two matches," said Nazmul.

"There is no problem when he bowls but the finger get sore when he bats and probably he will not be available for the opening matches."

Apart from Shakib, there were also recalls for Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Nurul Hasan and Mehidy Hasan, who missed out on the series against Sri Lanka due to different reasons.

The Tri-Series will be played between 6th and 18th March with R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo hosting all the games.

Bangladesh Squad for Tri-Series: Nidahas trophy: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Haider Rony

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