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Shakib’s injury kept secret from team

According to team sources, it was the plan of the team management and captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza to not spread the word of Shakib’s unavailability, and only inform just ahead of the game

Update : 27 Sep 2018, 12:30 PM

Ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan’s injury was kept a secret from the players in order not to create any panic in the team. 

The Bangladesh cricketing arena Wednesday was rocked with the news of Shakib getting ruled out from the virtual knock-out game against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. 

The news broke during the toss that Shakib would not be in the playing XI due to the injury on his little left finger.

And astonishingly for the majority of the Bangladesh players, it was only in the morning of the game day that they got to know about Shakib’s unavailability. 

According to team sources, it was the plan of the team management and captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza to not spread the word of Shakib’s unavailability, and only inform just ahead of the game. 

Not even seniors in the shape of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah were aware of it. 

The duo knew Shakib had gone for a routine check-up of the injury that the cricketer has been carrying from January this year, and reports suggested he was dealing with a bit of trouble.

It is understood that the team management had learnt Shakib’s injury had gone bad Tuesday evening, and that the left-arm all-rounder will not be available for the game. 

But they did not want to hurt the team’s morale by spreading the word overnight. 

The shocking news was only revealed in the final team meeting Wednesday morning before the team boarded the bus for Abu Dhabi from the hotel in Dubai.

The cricketing world only got to know that Bangladesh would be missing Shakib when Mashrafe won the toss and revealed the playing XI. 

There was an immediate fear if Bangladesh will break down. 

The team were already suffering at not having opener Tamim Iqbal, and with no Shakib the blow had gotten bigger.

But Bangladesh spectacularly won the battle on the day. 

First, the Tigers, despite a poor start, posted 239 runs on the board losing all their wickets, and later restricted Pakistan to 202 for the loss of nine wickets to register a 37-run victory and confirm a berth in the tournament final, against India Friday.

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