Bangladesh news August 30, 2012

Shakib undecided on knee surgery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has said that his left knee requires surgery but he hasn't decided when to perform the operation. Earlier this month, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had declined him permission to play in the Sri Lanka Premier League as a precautionary measure.

"The problem (in my left knee) won't be fixed without an operation. But I haven't decided when it will be," Shakib told Bangla daily Prothom Alo. "It may be after the World Cup (T20) but if it means that I will miss the West Indies series, I will do it afterwards."

Shakib is part of the Twenty20 squad for three matches in Trinidad & Tobago next month, before heading to Sri Lanka to play the ICC World Twenty20. He is also set to appear for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20 from October 13 before the home series against West Indies in mid-November. Further in the 2012-13 season, Shakib will be playing in domestic leagues, including the Bangladesh Premier League as well as tours with Bangladesh to Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the IPL to round things off.

Dr Debashish Chowdhury, the BCB doctor, said that Shakib has been diagnosed with degenerated meniscus, but it won't put him out of action very soon. "The latest MRI suggests that he is suffering degenerated meniscus. Usually it is caused due to impact, but in Shakib's case it is due to overuse. He's a spinner so the knee has to twist that way," Dr Chowdhury said.

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