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Shakib’s absence not the end of the world: Mominul

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan had made a great comeback to international cricket after serving out a one-year ban. But due to two back-to-back injuries, he has been ruled out of the second Test against West Indies in Dhaka.


Bangladesh did not get Shakib’s full services in the Chattogram as well, as the premier all-rounder could neither bat or bowl in Bangladesh’s second innings of the match after picking up a thigh injury during the second day’s play, when he attempted to stop a ball off his own bowling with his foot.

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Naturally Shakib’s absence will be a big blow for the Tigers, who have already taken a huge toll by losing the first Test to the second-string West Indies side in unbelievable fashion.

However, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque is of the opinion that the fact of Shakib not playing in the second Test is not the end of the world.

Asked if Bangladesh have lost some strength ahead of Dhaka Test due to Shakib’s injury, Mominul said: “It’s all up to how you take these things. It’s not like the earth will stop moving or Bangladesh can’t go ahead because of Shakib’s absence.”

According to Mominul, Bangladesh played good cricket and achieved success without Shakib many a times before. So, he is stressing upon realizing the reality and looking forward.

“We played well even without Shakib in the past. So to be frank, I am not thinking about this. I am not worrying about Shakib’s absence. I am trying to get it out of my head.”