Shakib Al Hasan set to miss Pakistan T20Is due to hamstring injury
Shakib is expected to be fit in time for the two-match Test series starting from November 26.
Updated - Nov 6, 2021 2:58 pm
In what can be called another major blow for the Bangladesh team, Shakib Al Hasan is set to miss the three-match T20I series against Pakistan. Pakistan, after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2021, is set to tour Bangladesh for three T20Is and a couple of Test matches, starting from November 19. However, the home team won’t have the services of their star all-rounder which could dent their chances of defeating the Men in Green.
For the unversed, Shakib’s T20 World Cup campaign was also cut short due to a grade one hamstring injury. The 34-year-old sustained the wound during the clash against West Indies and couldn’t take any further part in the competition. Bangladesh missed the star all-rounder big time as they were skittled to scores below 100 in their last two Super 12 matches.
Shakib Al Hasan will take at least three weeks to recover: BCB physician
As per the developments, Shakib will take at least three weeks to recover. Hence, he might be able to take part in the crucial Test series against Pakistan, getting underway on November 26. “Shakib will take at least three weeks to recover and get back to the field. He might be able to play the Test series,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Meanwhile, all the three T20I matches, scheduled to take place on November 19, 20 and 22 respectively, will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. As mentioned above, the T20Is will be followed by a couple of Test matches. While the first match gets underway at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on November 26, the second Test will be played at Mirpur from December 4.
Having defeated Australia and New Zealand at home earlier this year, the Bangla Tigers would be pretty confident to defeat the Men in Green. However, their challenge won’t be easy by any means as the Babar Azam-led side has been on a roll in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.
Having won all their four fixtures so far, Pakistan are set to enter the semi-finals as the leaders of Group 2. On the other hand, the Bangla Tigers got knocked out after losing their all five games in the Super 12 stage.