Mahmudullah likely to skip Pakistan ODI
Mahmudullah Riyad, who has recently been rested from the Bangladesh Test side for the match against Zimbabwe and is unlikely to play in the second Pakistan Test as well, may skip the one-off ODI match against Pakistan due to personal reasons.
According to a report published on Cricbuzz, the 34-year-old had a meeting with the chief selector Minhajul Abedin on Thursday (February 20) where the all-rounder informed him verbally about his unavailability.
“Mahmudullah’s wife is expected to deliver during that point of time [when Bangladesh face Pakistan in the lone ODI] and he wants to be with her during that time. He just informed about it verbally during the meeting,” Minhajul was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“If that is the case, he is likely to be unavailable for the lone ODI against Pakistan though he is yet to inform us anything officially through an application. The board is expected to make the final call after he applies for leave.”
However it looks like Mahmudullah’s application for leave of absence may not be granted so easily, specially if he does not inform the board officially. Just a few days back, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon announced that a cricketer intending to take a leave of absence for any series or tournament, has to communicate it six months in advance.
The Tigers have already played out first two legs of the three-phase tour of Pakistan. First they lost the three-match T20I series 2-0, which was followed by another innings defeat in the first Test match during the second leg. The third leg of the tour will be held in April, with the one-off ODI followed by the second Test from April 5 to 9 in Karachi.