ZIM vs BAN: Mushfiqur Rahim opts out of T20I series; available for Tests and ODIs

ZIM vs BAN: Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim has opted out of the upcoming T20I series against Zimbabwe, slated to be played next month. He will, however, remain available for the Tests and One-Day Internationals, Cricbuzz confirmed.

“Mushfiqur called me today and wanted to opt out from the T20 series against Zimbabwe,” Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin revealed.

Minhajul further added that the bio-bubble fatigue has been tough on the players, and a reason for him to opt out and remain fresh for the upcoming games against Australia and New Zealand.

“We are yet to take a decision in this regard but we must respect their decisions in such cases.”

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ZIM vs BAN:The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had earlier stated that they will be playing a Test lesser than they had planned for on their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe to accommodate an additional T20I. Bangladesh were initially scheduled to play two Tests along with three ODIs and two T20Is.

The series begins on July 7. Before the opening Test, the tourists will play a two-day practice game on July 3 and 4 but that depends largely on how many days the tourists will have to spend in quarantine. If they are required to do a five to seven-day quarantine after reaching Zimbabwe on June 29, then the two-day practice game is unlikely to be played.

ZIM vs BAN: BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin said that they are negotiating with the host board in this regard. They will play another warm-up fixture on July 14 – two days ahead of the ODI series. The ODIs are scheduled to be played on July 16, 18 and 20 at the Harare Sports Club, while the three T20Is will be played on July 23, 25 and 27 at the same venue.