Bangladesh T20I captain Shakib al Hasan is unlikely to appear for the Tigers in the two-match T20I series against Sri Lanka starting Thursday.
Although the Bangladesh Cricket Board has not made an official announcement yet regarding the absence of the ace all-rounder from the series, Shakib has informed the media that he is yet to recover from his finger injury.
"The board has not given out a final statement yet but I was told by the doctor that the injury will take another two weeks to heal," Shakib told the media Sunday afternoon.
In that regard, Shakib, who was named captain of the 15-member Bangladesh squad for the first of two T20Is against the Lankans, will have to sit out the series.
Shakib earlier missed the two-match Test series against the Lankans which the visiting side won 1-0.
Shakib injured his left little finger during the final of the tri-nation ODI series against Sri Lanka on January 27 at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. In his place, middle-order batsman Mahmudullah had led Bangladesh in the Test series.
With Shakib's absence likely in the T20Is, the board is likely give charge to Mahmudullah.
Shakib informed that he is expecting to recover fully ahead of Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka next month for the tri-nation T20I series involving India and the host. The Bangladesh Test and T20I captain also said he is expecting the team to bounce back after hitting a low in the second and final Test match against Sri Lanka to lose the series 1-0. Host Bangladesh lost the series decider by 215 runs following horrific batting display Saturday in Mirpur.
“I am to undergo rehab and recover for the tri-nation T20I Nidahas series in Sri Lanka in March,” said Shakib.
Speaking on Bangladesh’s defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka, Shakib said, “The team obviously had the target to win. But the expected doesn’t always happen in cricket. But I am hopeful that we will be able to bounce back in the T20I series and get the expected result.”