The star skipper of Bangladeshi National Cricket Team, Mashrafe Mortaza will not be seen in the upcoming cricket tour of his side in Sri Lanka. This came after the skillful leader was ruled out of the ODI squad after picking up an hamstring injury during a training session this week.
The senior physician of Bangladeshi Cricket Squad, Debashis Chowdhury said on Mortaza’s departure from the squad in a statement, “Mortaza injured his left hamstring during training today. He received immediate MSK ultrasound examination which has revealed a grade 1 injury”. Further, he also added, “It is a recurrent injury that could take around three to four weeks to recover from. Therefore, he is ruled out from participation in sporting activity for a month”.
Now, the experienced cricketer of team Tamim Iqbal will hold the reigns of tigers as interim captain in Mortaza’s absence. Apart from star skipper, Bangladeshi squad has faced another big blow before their important tour of Sri Lanka. This time all-rounder player Mohammad Saifuddin who had brilliant innings in ICC World Cup 2019 crashed out from the One Day International squad. The 22-year-old brilliant cricketer aggravated an old back injury before the beginning of ODI series. Another blazing all-rounder of Bangladeshi squad Farhad Reza has immediately roped in as the replacement of injured player Saifuddin.
Bangladesh will start its three-day One Day International series against Sri Lanka from July 26th till July 31st and all the matches of the crucial series are scheduled to be held at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The last time when both the teams faced each other was in ICC World Cup 2019. The grand Cricket Cup battle between the two was abandoned due to heavy rain at Bristol County Ground. Though the teams have a very disappointing journey in the World Cup this year as both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka knocked off the semi-final stage in the prestigious tournament.
Bangladeshi Squad for Sri Lanka’s tour: Tamim Iqbal (Skipper), Taskin Ahmed, Anamul Haque, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicket-Keeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, and Farhad Feza