BAN vs AUS: Bangladesh has expressed their displeasure upon Cricket Australia’s stringent rules that forced them to rule out batsman Mushfiqur Rahim from the upcoming Australia versus Bangladesh T20I series.
Mushfiqur Rahim had to be axed from the Bangladesh squad for the Australia series due to the demands of CA pertaining to the COVID-19 protocols. The player had returned home from Harare due to personal reasons for a couple of days and had intended to be back for the series.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is unhappy with CA’s demands, which is preventing Mushfiqur to re-enter the bio-bubble even after he went through four airports – Harare, Johannesburg, Doha, and Dhaka without any objections. The hosts feel it is unfair to the player.
“It is unfair what happened with Mushfiq. We came in a commercial flight passing through three airports so I don’t know if it makes much sense to keep Mushfiq out of the series. He went back home from the middle of a tour for a family problem. So to not allow him to enter the quarantine after just two or three days, is not right,” a member of Bangladesh’s tour party to Zimbabwe told ESPNcricinfo.
The home series quarantine was brought forward from July 22 to July 20, while Mushfiqur left the squad in Zimbabwe on July 14. According to BCB, they did ask CA to reconsider their decision but it did not return any desirable outcome.
“The agreement between CA and BCB says that there is no chance for allowing anyone from outside into the bio-bubble,” a BCB official said. “We have to hold the series with only those inside the bio-bubble. There will be challenges but this is the new normal. I think the selectors have picked the players who are best available during this scenario. There are no alternatives but to take our best available options.”
BAN vs AUS: Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim ruled out of T20I series
Bangladesh batsmen Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim have been ruled out of the Bangladesh vs Australia T20I series starting next month after they left the bio-secure bubble of the squad. Both the players left the Zimbabwe tour early due to family emergencies.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim returned on July 14. The player needed to be in the bubble from July 20 if to be considered eligible for selection. The hotel where the officials are staying has been sealed off since July 20.
Bangladesh is depleted with its first-choice players after the players were ruled out, which has posed to be problematic for them. They are also without their skipper Tamim Iqbal, who is out due to a knee injury. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is also troubled with his groin injury.