Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the last group match of his side against Australia in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 due to a fractured index finger.
Shakib broke his finger while batting in the ICC World Cup 2023 match which was overshadowed by Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews becoming the first player in the history of international cricket to be timed out following an appeal by the Bangladesh skipper which he refused to withdraw.
“Shakib was struck on his left index finger early in his innings but continued to bat with supportive taping and painkillers,” said team physio Bayjedul Islam Khan.
“He underwent an emergency X-ray in Delhi after the game, which confirmed the fracture on the left PIP joint. Recovery is estimated at three to four weeks. He will leave for Bangladesh today to begin his rehab.”
Shakib played a blistering knock of 82 runs from 65 deliveries, laced with 12 boundaries and two sixes.
Bangladesh went on to win the match by three wickets, knocking Sri Lanka out of the ICC World Cup 2023, while Shakib Al Hasan was adjudged man of the match for his all-round exploits.
Bangladesh have only managed to win two of their eight games in the ICC World Cup 2023 and are already out of contention for the final four.
However, they are placed at the seventh spot in the ten-team points table and their last match holds significance for their chance to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.