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Mashrafe, Saifuddin ruled out of SL tour


Bangladesh campaign has been struck with massive blow just a day before leaving for Sri Lanka to play a three-match ODI series.

News came out on Friday night that current ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza had injured his hamstring during the last practice session at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium before travelling to Sri Lanka.

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This puts Mashrafe’s future under clouds as he revealed at the press conference in the afternoon that it would have been his last away series.

BCB physio Debashish Chowdhury confirmed that Mashrafe will be out of field for three weeks which means this is the first time he will miss a series since gaining leadership role back in 2014. His replacement is yet to be confirmed.

With vice-captain Shakib Al Hasan being rested, opener Tamim Iqbal will lead Bangladesh in the Sri Lanka series. He captained the Tigers in Tests before. This will be his first time as an ODI captain.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Saifuddin has picked up back injury again. As a result, he will not be travelling with the team too. He carried this injury throughout the World Cup in England and Wales.

Saifuddin celebrates a scalp with Shakib
Saifuddin celebrates a scalp with Shakib

 

The possible replacements could be – Farhad Reza, Taskin Ahmed or Abu Jayed Rahi, who was left out from the squad after the World Cup. Taskin took a five-wicket haul for BCB XI in a four-day tournament in India. Reza has been showing his form in the domestic circuit.

Both Taskin and Reza were part of Bangladesh’s squad in Ireland tri-series but did get a single game.

Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka on July 26th, 28th and 31st. Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium will host all three games.

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