Hand injury rules Shakib out of first Sri Lanka Test

Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the first Test against Sri Lanka, with a left hand injury he sustained during the tri-series final in Mirpur on Saturday.

Shakib had bruising and swelling, and there is even a chance of him missing the rest of the tour upto February 18, when Sri Lanka play a T20 in Sylhet. Mahmudullah will lead the Test side in Shakib’s absence.

Shakib sustained the injury in the 42nd over of the Sri Lanka innings when he attempted to run out Dinesh Chandimal. But as he swooped forward, he fell awkwardly on his left hand. Shakib writhed in pain before being taken off the ground to the hospital where he had an X-ray.

Mahmudullah will step up having been made Shakib’s deputy in December. The Test series would have been Shakib’s first in his second stint as captain, and his first since the Australia Tests back in July-August last year. He had been granted rest for the South Africa Tests in September-October.

The first Test begins on January 31 in Chittagong and the second on February 8 in Mirpur.

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