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Injury scare leaves Shakib doubtful for Sri Lanka clash

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Shakib, who picked up the injury during the course of his century against England, was subsequently sent to the hospital, but the team management is still awaiting reports of the scan.

“Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan suffered a left thigh strain while batting during the ICC Cricket World Cup match against England in Cardiff,” Thihan Chandramohan, Bangladesh’s physiotherapist, said on Monday, the eve of the game. “He underwent a precautionary scan today in Bristol. We are waiting on a specialist assessment and report.”

Until the scan report is out, Shakib’s availability hangs over a cloud, with Bangladesh selector Habibul Bashar putting his chances of playing down to 50-50 at best. ”We have sent him for a scan as he had received some pain on his gluts during the game against England,” Bashar said. “We can know about it in detail after receiving the scan report, but at present, it seems his participation is somewhat 50-50.”

Shakib, who is the No.1-ranked all-rounder in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings, has been a star performer in the tournament so far, leading the run charts with 260 runs in three games. He followed up his 75 and 64 in the first two games with a brilliant century against England in Cardiff, although it ended in a losing cause. He has also picked up three wickets in the tournament so far.

The 32-year old has been facing injury concerns for quite some time now. He was rested for the final of the recently-concluded tri-nation series in Ireland, which Bangladesh won in the weeks leading up to the World Cup, after sustaining back pain. His absence would, needless to say, be a huge jolt to Bangladesh when they take the field in Bristol on Tuesday.

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