Bangladesh’s star cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim pulls out of T20Is against Zimbabwe

The 34-year-old has played 86 T20Is in his career and has 1282 runs to his name.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 7 June 2021 8:12 pm

Bangladesh have been handed a major blow ahead of their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe in July. With most of the star players currently playing in Dhaka Premier League as part of their preparation plan, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin has revealed that one of the senior members has requested to withdraw from the T20I series against Zimbabwe.

We are yet to take a decision: BCB

Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed that it is senior wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who has requested to pull out of the series. "Mushfiqur called me today and wanted to opt out from the T20 series against Zimbabwe,'' said Minhajul said in a conversation with Cricbuzz. It was confirmed that Rahim will be available for the one-off Test and ODI series.

While BCB have not yet taken a final decision in this regard, he added that they must respect the decisions of players in such cases considering how tough bio-bubble fatigue has been on players. The request of Rahim is likely to be accepted to keep him fresh and ensure his availability for upcoming games against Australia and New Zealand.

Fixtures of Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe

The Bangladesh team is expected to reach Zimbabwe on June 29, following which they will undergo mandatory quarantine. Following a proposed practice game, they will play a one-off Test at Queen Sports Club in Bulawayo. They are then scheduled to play another warm-up game before the limited-overs series which will be played at Harare Sports Club. As of now, the schedule of the tour is as follows:

July 3-4: Two-day practice game

July 7-11: One-off Test

July 14: Warm-up match

July 16: 1st ODI

July 18: 2nd ODI

July 20: 3rd ODI

July 23: 1st T20I

July 25: 2nd T20I

July 27: 3rd T20I

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