Captain Mashrafe Mortaza out of Sri Lanka ODIs

2019-07-20 at 07:00

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka after hurting his hamstring yesterday, the third and last day of training before the team departs for Colombo.

Tamim Iqbal will lead the side in his absence.

Allrounder Mohammad Saifuddin has also been ruled out due to a recurring back injury.

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed and seam-bowling allrounder Farhad Reza will replace Mashrafe and Saifuddin in Bangladesh’s squad.

The injuries mean Bangladesh will be without four of their starting players from the squad that played the World Cup, with Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das also out of the tour for personal reasons.

With Shakib, the regular vice-captain, also out, the BCB has turned to Tamim to lead the side. BCB’s senior physician Dr Debashis Chowdhury confirmed Mashrafe’s injury is a grade 1 strain in the left hamstring.

The team is slated to arrive later today while the opening match of the tour will be worked off at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo from Friday.