Shakib Al Hasan cleared after scan, all set to return for 1st Test against Windies


Shakib Al Hasan picked up a groin injury in the third and final ODI against West Indies, which put his availability for the Windies Test series in doubt. However, now it emerged that he will be available for the upcoming two-match Test series given his scans are clear.

After delivering the fifth ball of his fifth over in the third ODI, the legendary all-rounder collapsed almost immediately in his follow through and was seen in a lot of pain before leaving the field.

He went for a scan immediately and now it has emerged that he is absolutely fine and there is no tear.

“His scan report is absolutely fine and there is no tear. Our physio Julian had seen him in the evening and there is an improvement. We are hopeful that he will return to practice soon,” BCB physician Manzur Hossain told Cricbuzz on Thursday.

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“Probably he might have rest for a day or two but at the moment there is no doubt regarding his participation in the first Test considering his scan reports that we have received today.”

Shakib well within the bio-bubble protocols

Even though he left the team hotel for his scans, BCB’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told Cricbuzz that the all-rounder didn’t break the bio-bubble. He further stated that Windies officials are completely aware of the protocol which was in place beforehand.

“We have a protocol in place for this series and it is mentioned in the MoU what needs to be done in this kind of situation. The WICB officials are fully aware that we are following the COVID-19 protocols in this case,” Chowdhury said.

Bangladesh are scheduled to take on West Indies in the first Test in Chattogram from February 3 before returning to Dhaka for the second Test beginning February 11.