Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim missed the ongoing T20I series against Zimbabwe as he has gone back to Zimbabwe to see his ailing parents. According to the current reports, Mushfiqur Rahim will also miss out on the five-match T20I series against Australia.
Rahim won’t be able to undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine period ahead of the series. Thus won’t be able to participate in the series.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has been in talks with Cricket Australia regarding the same. However, the CA is adamant in their stance, which wouldn’t help Bangladesh cricketer’s case.
“Mushfiqur wanted to play the series. But he missed the quarantine by a couple of days. His parents are sick, so had to leave the Zimbabwe tour. But the 10-day quarantine is part of our agreement with Cricket Australia, so we could not include him. They didn’t agree to Mushfiqur entering quarantine two days after it began. It is disappointing but one can’t do much about these things.”BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan
The five-match T20I series between Bangladesh and Australia will commence on 3rd August 2021. Bangladesh is currently engaged in playing the T20I series in Zimbabwe. On the other hand, Australia is currently playing an ODI series in West Indies. Both teams are likely to reach Bangladesh on 29th July, after which they will undergo quarantine.
The second, third, fourth, and fifth ODIs between Australia and West Indies are set to take place on 4th, 6th, 7th, and 9th August 2021. However, after a West Indies staff member tested positive for COVID-19 just ahead of the start of the innings of the second ODI, the match got postponed. A decision on conducting the entire series will be taken in due course.