What comes as a shocker for cricket fans is the news that Bangladesh Opener Liton Das will miss the home series against Australia due to certain personal reasons. BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan confirmed the news to the media on Monday & said that Liton will soon fly back from Zimbabwe to be with his ailing family member.
Liton Das has missed the last two T20Is against Zimbabwe due to a thigh injury & was expected to be unavailable for the first few matches of the five-match T20I series against Australia. “Liton is expected to return home soon as he wants to be there for the family member who is sick. He was not available for the opening two T20s and we cannot say anything if someone says that he wants to be with his ailing family members,” Akram told media.
Bangladesh Squad has suffered a major setback as its key players are ruled out of the squad due to injuries. Mushfiqur Rahim had opted to leave the Zimbabwe tour in middle to be with his sick parents. He won’t participate in the home series against Australia as he missed the deadline of completing 10 days quarantine period which is a condition for any cricketer joining the bio-bubble from outside.
Tamim Iqbal is also unavailable for the series due to his knee rehabilitation which will keep him away from cricket for at least two months. Adding to the injured player list is Mustafizur Rahman who is likely to be unavailable for the start of the home series against Australia after suffering an ankle injury which he sustained earlier in July during a tour match. Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan are said to be treating their respective groin niggles. Trouble seems to be increasing for the injury-hit Bangladesh squad as half of the players are ruled out of the Australia series either due to injury or personal reasons.
The T20I matches will be played at Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium starting from August 3. Australia & Bangladesh will arrive in Dhaka from the West Indies & Zimbabwe on July 29. Australia will take a charter flight from the Caribbean to reach Dhaka while Bangladesh will reach Dhaka in a commercial flight. Both the teams will have to undergo three-day room quarantine at the team’s hotel.