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Mushfiqur to skip Zimbabwe T20Is

Mushfiqur Rahim will not be with the Bangladesh squad during the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe in July.

The wicket-keeper batter will however take part in the only Test and three ODIs before the T20I matches.

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“Mushfiqur called me today and wanted to opt out from the T20 series against Zimbabwe. We are yet to take a decision in this regard but we must respect their decisions in such cases,” Bangladesh Cricket Board chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu told Cricbuzz.

Bangladesh will leave for Zimbabwe on June 29. The series will begin with the one-off Test in Bulawayo on July 7-11. The red-ball practice match for the visitors is unlikely to go ahead with possible quarantine restrictions.

The three Super League ODIs will be played on July 16, 18 and 20, and the T20Is on July 23, 25 and 27. Harare will host all six limited-overs matches.

Mushfiqur has been within the game since October’s BCB President’s Cup. He has played all but three international matches for Bangladesh this year. He was sidelined in the New Zealand T20Is due to injury. Currently, he is leading Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League T20.

Bangladesh have a busy international schedule for the second-half of 2021. They will host at least 14 limited-overs matches against Australia (5 T20Is), New Zealand (3 or 5 T20Is) and England (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is) prior to the T20 World Cup.

A couple more senior players might skip parts of Zimbabwe tour. However, selector Habibul Bashar Sumon says no one has contacted but rotation of players is something BCB is considering.    

“We are yet to receive any such message [players seeking rest]. But the option should be open, because it’s not at all easy to remain in the bio-bubble for four straight months. Every country is doing it [rotation of players],” Bashar told the media on Monday.

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