Dhaka, July 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh ODI captain Masrhafe Bin Mortaza and all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin have been ruled out of the upcoming Sri Lanka tour due to injuries.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) called in all-rounder Farhad Reza and right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed as replacements.
While Mashrafe got a new blow on his left hamstring, Saifuddin is suffering from an old problem on his back. They were scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka on Saturday with the national team.
Debashis Chowdhury, the chief physician of BCB, confirmed Mashrafe’s injury to the media on Friday.
“Mashrafe’s been suffering from many injuries for a long time. Now he injured his left hamstring and it’s tough for him to join the Sri Lanka tour. It’s up to the team management to decide whether he will play in the upcoming series or not,” he said.
Later, a source close to the team management confirmed UNB that Mashrafe has been ruled out from the Sri Lanka tour where the Tigers will play a three-match ODI series.
Mashrafe suffered the injury during practice at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday evening. Before the World Cup, he had sustained a hamstring injury in the final of tri-nation series against West Indies in Ireland.