Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 August 2, 2012

Knee injury keeps Shakib out of SLPL

Andrew Fernando and Mohammad Isam

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has denied Shakib Al Hasan permission to play in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL) following an injury to his left knee. He will instead be given time to recover ahead of September's World Twenty20.

"Shakib has been advised by the national team physio that he has to focus on rehabilitation of the injury in his left knee in the forthcoming period, during which he cannot play matches," BCB media manager Rabeed Imam said. "This was also the suggestion of the BCB, that he gets some rest for now."

The news is a blow to the Uthura Rudras franchise, for whom Shakib had been the big pick from the list of overseas players and a possible team captain. His experience and value as a spin-bowling allrounder would almost certainly have seen him play every game.

Uthura Rudras management declined to comment on Shakib's withdrawal until they received official confirmation from the BCB.

Shakib was one of five Bangladesh players set to play in the SLPL; the others are expected to appear in the tournament as planned.

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  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    ...also both their ODI bowling, Shakib has an overall better economy than Afridi with Afridi having an economy rate of 4.57 whereas Shakib is better with an economy rate of 4.29 and both their strike rates are the same with 40.3 so according to your logic, if Shakib is ordinary than Afridi is less than ordinary lol but stats don't lie but love to here from you on these evidences try to refute. As for their Tests records again, Shakib beat Afridi infact you can compare the stats for yourself cause they speak for themselves instantly. According to my logic, both Afridi and Shakib are world class but when I put your method into action and compared so called 'ordinary' Shakib with another top quality All-Rounder Afridi, it turned out that Afridi according to your logic is even more ordinary haha he was just an example I can give more to show why no one apart from Shane Watson and Kallis is even close to Shakib. Stats are compared when Shakib made his debut till today.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 17:17 GMT " laughable average in both formats of the games?" - Funny since Shakib made his debut, according to stats, Shakib record in both Tests and ODIs is far superior to Afridi who by the way must be even more ordinary according to your logic. Lets take their ODI records first and compare who's really the 'ordinary' one. Since Shakib made his ODI debut till today, Shakib has played 126 ODI matches scoring 3635 runs at an average of 35.63 whereas Afridi in the same period has played 131 matches slightly more than Shakib and still has only scored 2303 runs at an average of 22.35 haha so who's ordinary? Exactly! and in their bowling Afridi has taken slightly more wickets than Shakib but that's because he has played an extra 5 games compared to him but in total he has taken 168 wickets at an average of 30.73 whereas Shakib has taken 160 wickets at an bowling average of 28.85 even better than Afridi's so therefore Afridi is actually the ordinary one according to your logic so :)

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    @Legaleagle...haha...The ICC Player Ranking don't lie so whether you like it or not, Shakib is the BEST ALL-ROUNDER in the World and don't tell me you know better than the ICC? infact you're right he's ordinary, he's so ordinary that he's extraordinary. You said "who has managed to perform against associate or weaker teams only"? lol It doesn't really matter who Shakib performs against because he can perform fantastically against both lower and higher ranked teams in fact who was Man of the Tournament at the Asia Cup and won Man of the Match awards at the IPL? Exactly! They were no ordinary teams so that claim based on these evidences alone is totally invalid. Also in Shakib 26 Tests, only one was against Zimbabwe and yet he's almost taken a 100 Wickets and going towards 2000 runs so that argument again is invalid. Also Shakib has scored centuries against Pakistan and New Zealand in Pakistan and New Zealand so these are good proofs that he's an ALL-ROUNDER so :)

  • shihab on August 5, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    The great cricketer ...... Shakib is the best allrounder

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    I thought Shakib had a great impact on Uthura Rudras. They started voting pool for captain on their website and Shakib got 96% vote, also the Uthura Rudras management made him vice captain. It is a great miss for them for sure.

    For me and all other Bangladeshis, we would watch every game of Uthura Rudras just because of him. But as he is not playing, we wont waste our time watching a match with unknown Sri Lankan players. That was a wise decision by BCB, as National team should be the priority by any means. Recover well Shakib, for the world cup t20.

  • Babaji on August 5, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Actually this is blessing in disguise for SLPL- Shakib is an ordinary player, who has managed to perform against associate or weaker teams only. He possess laughable average in both formats of the games. He may be an alright bowler but not a batsmen, and definitely NOT AN ALL-ROUNDER. Its good riddance for SLPL!

  • Rahul on August 4, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Any ways he is just a ordinary player

  • Dulanjaya on August 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    I really dont think there is a massive blow for Uthura Rudras as they do have a quality left arm spinner, Sohan Boralessa. He has done exceptionally well in the concluded domestic season (was the 2nd highest wicket taker) and was very unlucky to miss out on the SL A tour to South Africa. Lack of a quality spinner was badly felt in that tour. Anyways all SL fan watch out for this new spin wizard who would most probably patnering w Murali in the SLPL. Cheers...

  • Ez on August 4, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    No Shakib means the viewership will drop by a few millions. It may sound strange to many, but it's a fact.

  • Khondker S on August 4, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Good luck for your recovery....we will miss you in SLPL. Better luck in World T20.

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