Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the action for at least three months after having undergone an emergency surgery in Dhaka to extract pus from his hand.
Shakib, who had to return home from the UAE in the middle of the Asia Cup 2018 with considerable pain in the little finger of his left hand, is facing a severe problem with the injury that has now gone from bad to worse, as the pus had spread up to his left wrist.
It only came to know after the emergency operation that took place at a hospital in Dhaka on September 27 and now the all-rounder will require more time for recovery.
Shakib said to Prothom Alo, a Bangladesh based newspaper, “The moment I arrived in the hospital, the doctors told me that I have to get the pus out as soon as possible. Any delay would put me in great danger as the infection spread till my wrist. If I had waited another few days, my wrist would have become disabled. I feel better after they took out the pus, but the problem is until the infection isn't gone, there isn't going to be a surgery on my injured finger. It will take another 2-3 week to fix. After surgery, I will need eight weeks, which means I am out for three months.”
Meanwhile, the all-rounder revealed that he has taken the decision to play in the Asia Cup after the team physio Tihan Chandramohan said there was no danger of the injury being a major one. He also said he played in the tournament with the pain as it was important for the team.
He added, “The BCB president [Nazmul Hassan] asked if I could play the Asia Cup or I could go for the surgery. He told me to take the decision. When I asked the physio about what damage it may have, he told me it won't be that dangerous. Then I decided that since the Asia Cup is important for us, I will play 4-5 matches with the pain. I have been in this state for the last 14-15 days. The doctor immediately understood what had happened, but our physio couldn't find out.”
Shakib signed off by saying, “It is true that the physio couldn't detect the problem. There was a bit of mistake so he has to take some of the responsibility. But I won't blame him fully. Nobody knew that it would become infected.”