Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the T20I series against Pakistan. Notably, Shakib had to miss the last few games of Bangladesh in the 20-20 World Cup as well owing to the hamstring injury he picked up in the game against West Indies. The stalwart, however, is likely to be available for the two-match Test series that follows the T20Is.
“Shakib will take at least three weeks to recover and get back to the field. He might be able to play the Test series,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz
On the other hand, wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan, who had missed the last three games of the 20-20 World Cup owing to abdominal pain is likely to return for the series. The T20I series kicks off on November 19, with the matches to follow on November 20 and 22, while the two Tests will start on November 26 and December 4 respectively.
Bangladesh had a torrid 20-20 World Cup and lost all their five Super 12 games. Meanwhile, Pakistan emerged as the team to beat and have qualified for the semifinals undefeated.
Given the recent form, Pakistan will be confident of beating Bangladesh. However, the Mahmudullah-led side have played some wonderful cricket at home and defeated Australia and New Zealand recently thus the series should deliver some exciting contests.