Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan miss First Test due to injury

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Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan miss First Test due to injury

Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan miss First Test due to injury
Shakib Al Hasan has been left out of Bangladesh's first Test against Pakistan, which begins on Friday, the 26th of November. It will be held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. The Magura native has yet to make a full recovery from a hamstring injury incurred in Oman and the UAE during the recent T20 World Cup. The all-rounder was pulled out halfway through the huge tournament.

The 34-year-old was also unable to play in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan owing to the same problem. On Monday, the 22nd of November, the Tigers announced their roster for the first Test, which featured Shakib. Nevertheless, it was also revealed that his confirmation would be based on a comprehensive review of his fitness.

Shakib's absence for the first Test was announced by Bangladesh Cricket Board chief selector Minhajul Abedin. Furthermore, Abedin, a former Bangladesh cricketer, stated that Shakib's involvement in the second Test is contingent on physiotherapy reports.

Abedin said to the media on Tuesday, 23rd of November, that Shakib will definitely not participate in the first game as he is not yet recovered from his injury. He added that they will see whether Shakib will be ready for the second Test after seeing the fitness assessment.

Bangladesh had been dealt a major blow earlier this week when Tamim Iqbal failed to board the bus for the Test series. Iqbal is still recovering from a thumb injury he suffered while playing in the Everest Premier League a few months ago.

Meanwhile, Mahmudul Hasan and Rejaur Rahman, both uncapped, have been named to Bangladesh's side for the first Test.

Abedin was optimistic that Bangladesh will be able to compensate for Shakib's unavailability. He said that they have alternatives in both the spin and pace departments. He stated that the first Test team consists of players who have played together on a regular basis and are familiar with the demands of Test series. He commented that Pakistan is a strong opponent, but they are convinced that if they remain focused and calm, Bangladesh will prevail.