Mashrafe to not play in domestic one-day competition

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is set to arrange a three-team domestic one-day competition which is likely to start from October 11.

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After more than seven months, the national cricketers are back on the field as they played a two-day practice match where the 27-member squad was split into two teams.

The players are now set to play a one-day competition arranged by the board which will include three teams. The squads are yet to be announced.

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However, former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has opted out of the tournament already as he feels he is yet to be fit to play in the competition. BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin informed that Mashrafe has told the board about this decision.

“He is not fit yet so he will not be part of the competition. We will host this tournament with cricketers who were part of our system and participating in different camps in the recent past.

Mashrafe stepped down as captain after the end of the ODI series against Zimbabwe at home and he has not played any competitive cricket since then. He was also infected with COVID-19 along with his family a month ago, but he and his family have recovered successfully from the virus in the end.

The three teams likely to be part of the one-day competition are Bangladesh national team, Bangladesh A team and the High-Performance Unit. Another two-day match will be played before the start of the one-day competition.

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