Mushfiqur Rahim, the veteran Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman, has opted out of the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Zimbabwe, slated to be played next month. He will, however, remain available for the Tests and One-Day Internationals. Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed the event on Monday (June 7).
“Mushfiqur called me today and wanted to cop out from the T20 series against Zimbabwe,” Minhajul said, adding that the bio-bubble fatigue has been tough on the players, and a reason for him to cop out and remain fresh for the upcoming games against Australia and New Zealand. “We are yet to require a choice during this regard but we must respect their decisions in such cases.”
The Bangladesh Cricket Board had earlier stated that they’re going to be playing a Test lesser than that they had planned for on their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe to accommodate a further T20I. Bangladesh was initially scheduled to play two Tests alongside three ODIs and two T20Is.
The series begins on July 7. Before the opening Test, the tourists will play a two-day exhibition game on July 3 and 4 but that depends largely on what percentage days the tourists will need to spend in quarantine. If they’re required to try to to a five to seven-day quarantine after reaching Zimbabwe on Saints Peter and Paul, then the two-day exhibition game is unlikely to be played.
BCB chief military officer Nizamuddin said that they’re negotiating with the host board in this regard. they’re going to play another warm-up fixture on July 14 – two days before 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 are going to be played on July 23, 25, and 27 at an equivalent venue.