Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan has taken a U-turn regarding his statement over Shakib Al Hasan's surgery call. Earlier, Hasan had said that he would like to see their premier all-rounder participate in the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 then go for a surgery on his injured finger. A surgery before the tournament would have ruled him out from the tournament.
On the other hand, Shakib said in a statement that he would prefer the operation before the Asia Cup as he wasn't keen on playing being only half-fit. However, the all-rounder has been included to the 31-man preliminary Bangladesh squad for the tournament to be held between September 15 and 28.
Hours after Shakib’s statement, the BCB president has now changed his stance, saying the decision regarding the surgery will be only taken by the all-rounder.
As per reports in Cricbuzz, Nazmul said in Mirpur, "Shakib called me before going to [Hajj] and I asked him what he should do and at that point I said if he feels that the operation is required and he will have problem playing in this condition, then I asked him to get operated. I asked him if he feel that he can participate in the Asia Cup and then do [operation ] later as it will be beneficial for the team. 'But the decision in this regard is entirely yours'”.
Meanwhile, BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury made it clear that they will take the decision regarding Shakib’s surgery only after consulting with the Australian doctors.
He signed off saying, “Thihan [Chandramohan] lives in Melbourne. He will consult with the doctors and then take the decision. We are waiting for the suggestions of the doctors over there.”