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Bangladesh’s Shanto Out of Asia Cup Due to Injury

Bangladesh’s Shanto Out of Asia Cup Due to Injury

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Najmul Hossain Shanto’s hamstring injury has prevented him from participating in the remaining Asia Cup matches, leading Bangladesh to replace him with Litton Das in Lahore. Litton, who was initially sidelined due to illness at the start of the Asia Cup, recently rejoined the team in Lahore and has already arrived there.

The BCB has announced that Shanto will be sent back home for rehabilitation, aiming to have him fully recovered for the upcoming ODI World Cup scheduled to start on October 5. Litton Das, who was initially left out of the squad due to illness, arrived in Lahore on Tuesday morning to take Shanto’s place in the team.

According to Bangladesh team physio Bayjedul Islam Khan, Shanto sustained the injury while scoring a century against Afghanistan earlier this week. He seemed to be in discomfort towards the end of his innings. Despite this, Shanto continued batting and reached a score of 104 but didn’t participate in the fielding aspect during Afghanistan’s innings.

“The player had complained of hamstring pain during batting and could not field. We had an MRI scan done confirming a muscle tear,” the physio said in a statement. “As a precaution, Shanto will not take any further part in the tournament and will be returning home to start rehab and prepare for the World Cup.”


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Shanto is currently the top run-scorer in the Asia Cup, with a total of 193 runs. He achieved this by scoring 89 in the first game against Sri Lanka and following it up with a century against Afghanistan.

It’s likely that Litton will take up the opening role in the innings, which may require Bangladesh to make adjustments to their batting order. Up to this point, they have opened with Mohammad Naim and either Mehidy Hasan Miraz or Tanzid Hasan, while Shanto batted at his usual position of No. 3 against Sri Lanka and No. 4 against Afghanistan.

Despite losing their first game to Sri Lanka by five wickets, the Tigers secured a spot in the Super Four stages by registering an impressive 89-run victory over Afghanistan in their last group match in Lahore on Sunday.

“The Asia Cup squad has a few injury concerns and the team management felt the need for an additional player going into the Super Four. We have received the BCB Medical Team’s clearance regarding Litton’s health and have decided to send him to Pakistan,” chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said.

It’s uncertain whether the opener will feature in Bangladesh’s opening game of the Super Four. Initially, Liton was ruled out of the tournament, and Anamul Haque Bijoy was his replacement. However, Bijoy didn’t participate in either of Bangladesh’s two group matches. In the first match against Sri Lanka, debutant Tanzid Hasan Tamim and Naim Sheikh opened for Bangladesh.

In the subsequent match against Afghanistan, Tanzid had to sit out, and Bangladesh experimented with Mehidy Hasan Miraz as an opening batsman alongside Naim Sheikh. Miraz played a match-winning innings of 112 runs against Afghanistan, leading to discussions about whether he should continue as the opener against Pakistan in the Super Four match.


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