Bangladesh will be without the services of star batsman Liton Das in the five-match T20I series against Australia. According to the COVID-19 protocols for the Australia series, the players need to be in a bio-secure zone at least 10 days before the series. Das, however, had to leave the teams’ bio bubble and fly back home to be with an ailing family member.
Earlier, he was set to miss the first two games of the series due to a thigh injury that ruled him out for the latter part of the T20I series against Zimbabwe but now Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Operations Chairman Akram Khan has confirmed that Das will miss the entire series.
“Liton is expected to return home soon as he wants to be there for the family member who is sick. He was not available for the opening two T20s and we cannot say anything if someone says that he wants to be with his ailing family members,” BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Akram Khan said
Meanwhile, apart from Liton Das, Bangladesh will also be without Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal. While Rahim opted out of the Zimbabwe tour to be with his sick parents, Tamim is struggling with a knee injury that forced him to pull out of Zimbabwe T20Is.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was earlier in line to play the Australia series but had to serve the 10-day quarantine before joining the squad. However, Rahim missed the deadline to complete the isolation. Tamim, on the other hand, is likely to be out for 2 months and will return for the home series against England before the T20 World Cup.
There are few other injury concerns for Bangladesh in the form of Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan. Rahman suffered an ankle injury in the tour match and will miss the initial few games against Australia while Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan are also in doubt following a groin niggle. The series is set to get underway on August 3 at Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. The teams are set to land in Dhaka on July 29 and will serve a three-day quarantine.