Published:  01:21 AM, 10 August 2018 Last Update: 01:23 AM, 10 August 2018

Shakib wants to be totally fit before Asia Cup

Shakib wants to be totally fit before Asia Cup Shakib al Hasan talks to the reporters at Hazrat International Airport. -AA

Bangladesh Test and T-20 skipper Shakib al Hasan on Thursday said that he is contemplating of skipping the Asia Cup to get his injured finger operated in order to play with full fitness in the following international assignments.

"It was quite a satisfying performance. We won trophies in two out of the three series. We don't usually play this well abroad," said Shakib. "I have to do a surgery so the discussion now is about where to do it. I want it to happen as soon as possible. It will most probably be before the Asia Cup,'' Shakib told reporters at Hazrat International Airport upon his arrival from the just concluded tour of West Indies.

Bangladesh Cricket Board is likely to take a decision soon about when to put their most prized star under the knife for his finger injury that he sustained during the tri-nation series involving Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at home in January.

Shakib sustained an injury on his left hand during the tri-series final against Sri Lanka in January and was forced to leave the field mid-way, and could not take part any further in the final. He then missed the following two-match Test series and two T20Is against Sri Lanka and joined the squad halfway through the Nidahas Trophy.

Shakib said that he is elated with the way his team fought back in the limited over cricket after being thrashed in the Test series and believe this will help them to be in good stead for their Asia Cup campaign. 

Bangladesh won both the ODI and T20 series against West Indies who are considered to be a force to reckon in the limited over version specially at their own den. Bangladesh is in group B with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in Asia Cup that is scheduled to begin at Dubai from mid September.

"Naturally the confidence is high in the squad,'' said Shakib. ''We can start thinking of something new[ to achieve],'' he added. Shakib added that he was happy with the way he played but would have liked to contribute more with the bat.

Shakib earned the man of the series award in the three-match Twenty20 series while scored consistently at number three in the three-match ODI series. "I am happy with how I did but maybe I could have made more contribution [ with the bat,'' said Shakib adding that he was not concerned that bulk of the runs were accumulated by the seniors while the juniors blazed here and there occasionally.

"We [seniors] all bat in the top order, so we get more opportunities to contribute and we should contribute more. As we play at the top the percentage of contribution is higher,'' said Sakib when his attention was drawn about the contrast in performance between seniors and juniors.

More than 70 percent runs were scored between Shakib along with Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Mashrafee bin Mortaza in the the series that comprised with two Tests along three ODI's and three T20's.


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