Shakib Al Hasan was instrumental in Bangladesh’s World Cup 2023 victory over Sri Lanka.
Just one day after the ‘timed out dispute’ between Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka and Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh, the latter has been ruled out of his team’s final World Cup match due to injury. Bangladesh is set to face Australia in their final World Cup match, but Shakib will be out due to a finger fracture on his left hand. Although Bangladesh has already qualified for the World Cup semi-finals, they are still competing for a place in the 2025 Champions Trophy.
It is unknown how long Shakib will be out with the injury. However, his absence has an influence on Bangladesh’s chances against Australia, who are almost certain to advance to the semi-finals.
“Shakib was struck on his left index finger early in his innings but continued to bat with supportive taping and painkillers,” the ICC cited Bangladesh team physio Bayjedul Islam Khan as saying on Tuesday.
“After the game, he had an emergency X-ray in Delhi, which confirmed the fracture on the left PIP joint.” The recovery time is predicted to be three to four weeks. He is leaving for Bangladesh today to begin his rehabilitation.” Bangladesh has been eliminated from contention for the semifinals. On Monday, they defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets in a meaningless match.
In the encounter against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh’s victory kept them in contention for a top-seven berth in the World Cup standings. Bangladesh skipper Shakib (82), who also took 2 for 57 with the ball, and Najmul Hossain Shanto (90) put on a 169-run stand off 147 balls to create the groundwork for the successful 280-run chase.However, the outcome of the game was overshadowed by the ‘timed out’ controversy.
Mathews’ departure brought another chapter to the two countries’ longstanding rivalry when he was timed out, the first time in international cricket across forms.
Bangladesh appealed the delay, and the umpires supported the decision in spite of Mathews’ persistent requests.
With four points apiece, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka must both place in the top eight to be eligible for the Champions Trophy.