Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets, in the ODI World Cup 2023. The win against the Islanders has kept them in the race for the 2025 Champions Trophy qualification. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan has come under scrutiny after the team's poor display in the tournament, fans were unhappy about his leadership skills. During the game against the 1996 champions, the skipper suffered from an injury while batting.
The 36-year-old, who is playing his fifth World Cup, injured his left Index finger. The National Team Physio Bayjedul Islam Khan confirmed the news and he was sent for an X-ray after the game. The report stated a fracture that has ruled him out of Bangladesh’s last match against Australia in Pune, on November 11.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has already named the replacement, Anamul Haque Bijoy will be added to the squad for the last game. Najimul Hasan Shanto will be the stand-in captain in the final match. Shakib was involved in a controversial decision as he appealed for a timed-out when Angelo Mathews was busy replacing his helmet. The batter was given out and a controversy sparked as the Bangladesh skipper was slammed by former players and experts.
Shakib was struck on his left index finger early in his innings: Bayjedul Islam Khan
Islam Khan said, "Shakib was struck on his left index finger early in his innings but continued to bat with supportive taping and painkillers. He underwent an emergency X-ray in Delhi after the game which confirmed the fracture on the left PIP joint. Recovery is estimated at three to four weeks. He will leave for Bangladesh today to begin his rehab."
As per the Cricket Governing Body's statement, "The Event Technical Committee of the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has approved Anamul Haque Bijoy as a replacement for Shakib Al Hasan in the Bangladesh squad." Shakib played an important role of 82 runs off 65 balls, hitting 12 fours and 2 sixes, and picked two wickets as well. The 36-year-old said that he had no regrets as he followed the rules.