Troubles for Bangladesh continue

Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of Bangladesh's first Test against Pakistan in Chattogram, which begins on Friday.

Troubles for Bangladesh continue

It was, however, an inevitable decision from the BCB's medical team after Shakib apparently failed to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained during the T20 World Cup.

Troubles for Bangladesh continue

Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that Shakib might take longer to recover, which could mean that he is entirely out of the Test series against Pakistan.

Troubles for Bangladesh continue

"Shakib's hamstring injury hasn't improved," Abedin said. "Shakib needs further rehabilitation. Our physiotherapist is constantly taking care of him.

Troubles for Bangladesh continue

We understood that he wouldn't be available for the first Test. We are also not sure of his availability for the second Test. The physio will let us know soon. We haven't called up a replacement since we picked the 16-man squad knowing Shakib's condition."

Troubles for Bangladesh continue

Shakib missed the last two matches of Bangladesh's T20 World Cup campaign, as well as the three T20Is in the series against Pakistan.

Troubles for Bangladesh continue

Bangladesh have grown accustomed to playing Tests without Shakib even after his return from suspension this year.

Troubles for Bangladesh continue

Shakib appeared in only one Test in the World Test Championship, against West Indies in February, a game in which he got injured midway. Shakib also played against Zimbabwe in the Harare Test in July.