Dhaka – Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled
out of the first Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka after he failed to
recover from a finger injury, an official said on Tuesday.
The star all-rounder also missed the recent Test series
against Sri Lanka after sustaining the injury during the one-day international
tri-series final against the same opponents in January.
Bangladesh, who lost the tri-series final and the Test
series, initially included Shakib in their squad for the two T20 matches, the
first of which is on Thursday in Dhaka.
“He was making good progress so we thought he might be
available for both the matches. But it seems now he cannot play the first
Twenty20,” said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.
“We will see how he goes before we decide about playing
him in the second match.”
The second match will be played in Sylhet on Sunday.
Selectors asked left-arm spinner Nazmul Hossain to join the
squad as a replacement for Shakib in the first game. But the Bangladesh Cricket
Board has yet to name a captain.
Shakib replaced pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza as Bangladesh’s
T20 skipper in the series against South Africa in October.