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.
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said, “Our agreed protocol with Australia is that a player has to be in a bio-secure zone at least 10 days before the series.
“Liton left the bio-secure zone in Zimbabwe on Monday. If he had returned with the team, he would have been available for selection. Since he left the team early and mixed with the community, he cannot be considered for the series.
“The same applies for Mushfiqur. We spoke to the Australian team to reduce the period to eight days to include Mushfiqur. But their medical team did not agree,” he added.
“Bangladesh batsman Liton Kumar Das has left the National Team’s bio-secure bubble in Harare today to travel to Dhaka due to a family emergency. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) requests the privacy of Litton Kumer Das and his family at this time,” Bangladesh Cricket Board informed via an official statement.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim returned from 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.
The Bangladesh Team is currently in Harare after completing their one-off Test match, ODI, and T20I series’ against Zimbabwe. They will reach Dhaka on 29 July. Australia is expected to reach Bangladesh on Monday. The Bangladesh vs Australia five-match T20I series between the two teams is set to get underway on August 3 and run till August 9.