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Shakib: Infection under control

  • Published at 02:10 pm October 14th, 2018
Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan reacts after arriving in Dhaka in October Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Shakib injured his finger while attempting a diving catch during the final match of the tri-nation series at home against Sri Lanka in January

Ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan said the infection of his little finger is under control but a surgery to his affected bone will not be done soon and he may return to cricket without that. 

Shakib, who went to Australia for a treatment of his injured finger, upon his arrival in Dhaka told media that he has to go through regular tests to comprehend his situation. 

 “Update is good. Infection is under control. But diagnostics must be done every week through blood tests, whether it is increased or any other problem arises, but until now the infection in under control,’ told Shakib at airport on Sunday.  

“Surgery cannot be done from 6 to 12 months. It cannot be done because if the infection remains in the bone it has no chance to be removed as no blood passes through it. As antibiotics works through blood…they cannot work where the blood does not reach. So, to be sure no surgery can be made in 6 to 12 months. But the good side is play may be possible without doing the surgery. As there is no opportunity of a surgery, myself and physios all are thinking how I may play without surgery,” added the all-rounder. 

Shakib injured his finger while attempting a diving catch during the final match of the tri-nation series at home against Sri Lanka in January. 

It was suggested the 31-year old undergo a surgery and take a rest in order to heal the injury but he did not get respite from his international and Indian Premier League responsibilities. 

After playing a several series away from home he also became a part of Bangladesh squad in the Asia Cup at the desert condition of United Arab Emirates. 

But it proved one series too many as his injury aggravated to a point where he could not even hold a bat properly let alone having the match fitness. The management took an impromptu decision to send him home just before the crucial second round fixture against Pakistan. 

At a Dhaka hospital doctors extracted pus from his injured hand that became infected and worryingly informed a further delay of that extraction could even dysfunction the left hand that brought so many glories to the country. 

It was also known that his finger will not recover 100 percent and the southpaw reconfirmed that on Sunday. However, he also assured that even without being 100 percent he will continue playing. 

“It is true that the finger will not be 100 percent all right ever. Whatever is done it will not be hundred percent all right again. Many have this situation and it is not that I will be unable to play if it is not 100 percent,” said Shakib 

“It is tough to say when I came to know. I came to know that even if the surgery options were opted it will not be hundred percent again”, replied Shakib on a question of when he came to know that his hand will not be 100 percent ok again.