Knee injury keeps Shakib out of SLPL
Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been barred from participating in the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), after sustaining a knee injury. The inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League, due to begin on August 11 this year, features 7 franchises, with 56 foreign players set to participate in the event.
“Shakib has been advised by the national team physio that he has to focus on rehabilitation of the injury in his left knee in the forthcoming period, during which he cannot play matches,” said Rabeed Imam, BCB media manager. “This was also the suggestion of the BCB, that he gets some rest for now.”
The all-rounder was one among 5 Bangladeshi players set to feature in the upcoming T20 tournament in Sri Lanka, having been picked up by the Uthura Rudras franchise for US $ 25,000 – the most expensive overseas player for the team, alongside David Miller (also US $ 25,000).
Other Bangladeshi players in the tournament include Elias Sunny, Musfiqur Rahim (national team captain), Nasir Hossain, and Tamim Iqbal.
The news of Shakib’s injury is sure to prove a major blow to the Uthura Rudras, who have declined to comment until they receive official confirmation of the news from the BCB.