Bangladesh news February 7, 2013

Shakib could miss Sri Lanka Tests


Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan could miss the two Tests against Sri Lanka next month after scans revealed that he is suffering from exertional compartment syndrome on his shin bone, a condition that can be caused by frequent running, which leads to pain and swelling.

One of the methods to treat this condition is "controlled participation in sports", according to the Bangladesh board physician Debashish Chowdhury, who suggested Shakib could be playing only the limited-overs matches in Sri Lanka.

"The CT and bone scan didn't reveal any major damages. His problems can be managed by physiotherapy, physical exercise and controlled participation in sports," Chowdhury said. "Whether he will play Tests will depend on Shakib and the selectors."

Shakib had missed the limited-overs leg of the home series against West Indies late last year and was given six weeks rest. He has played six BPL matches for Dhaka Gladiators, missing two due to a hamstring strain.

A decision on Shakib's participation in the Test series will be taken at a meeting of BCB's cricket operations committee. Chief selector Akram Khan said he would like to see Shakib be ready for the Test series in Zimbabwe in April rather than next month. "If required, we would let him be fit for the Zimbabwe Tests in April, because we didn't do well there in 2011. We want to take our best side for that series."

Bangladesh will play two Tests in Sri Lanka in March, as well as three ODIs and a Twenty20. According to the BCB, Bangladesh will travel to Zimbabwe for a full series in April, though the number of Tests has not been announced.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • faizan on February 10, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    @rakibul thats what i meant , i think i said that his performances are an asset to bd , whatt i meant that he has seldom only won matches for his team , also as u mentioned wi were second seeded , nz and asia cup can be counted as his full potential performances other wise in world cups and other tournaments he myt have performed but the pressure had the better of him :) , the rising team , i beg to differ , firstly the 4 players u mentioned are still playng so there is no point leaving them aside , also luk at mathews , welegedra kulasekra are not that pacy but effective !

  • KH. RAFIQUE on February 10, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    @fire_dargon on (February 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT) brother i can feel your worry. But MOMINUL is no good in ODIs and T20s im 100% agree with you but he is a consistent performers in NCL for last few seasons.So, he deserves a go in TEST as he already got the exposure of International cricket.On the other hand SHAHADAT(I also dont like him at all) is no good but we dont have enough bowlers to bowl in TEST matches(as most of the bowlers are injured) with Rubel.

  • nathaniel on February 10, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Marshall Ayoub should be given chance I think.

  • Sami on February 9, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    If you look at Shakib record against Sri Lanka in the past in either form, he regularly performs well with the ball and/or bat. In test he already took a 5 wicket haul against Sri Lanka and almost scored a 100 in that case was out for 96. In ODIs the last time he faced Sri Lanka, scored a 50 and took 3 wickets and also scored an unbeaten 92 back in 09 which Bangladesh have won. He has a very good record against all Asian teams be Pakistan, India or Sri Lanka.

  • Shipu on February 9, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @Faizan: If you take out the oldies Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela and Herath, there's not much difference between the 2 teams.

  • Kazi on February 9, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Don't see BD winning the tests (definitely), drawing one would be a more realistic and acceptable goal. However, I think with Shakib in the side for ODIs, we can really give Srilanka a run for their money since we really have developed in the format over the past couple of years.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on February 9, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @ faizan_feroz: U've no idea about BD ODI history or Shakib. BD's thrashing win against SL in 2009 was due to Shakib's 92* of about 50 balls. Shakib was the best per4mer for BD when they whitewashed a 2nd level WI team in WI in 2009. Shakib was the Player of the SERIES in NZ ODI tour of BD in 2010 which NZ lost by 4-0. Shakib was also Player of the tournament of last ASIA CUP. So he's the main match winner for BD vs tough sides.

  • Shahin on February 9, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    really miss you, shakib!! (hope you will get well soon)

  • Zahirul on February 9, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    I think Shakib can rest his bowling for a while from stressing further in shin, also his bowling has been least effective since the injury was detected and I bet he wasn't giving his best cause of it. However, we need his experience in batting, so quit BPL now to get a better rest.

  • Taseen on February 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @Rafelgibt are you kidding . Mominul in the test squad he is overrated for ODI and T20I . But how can you think him in the test squad . And if BD pick Shadat then BD has no hope .

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