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Finch ruled out of Bangladesh tour

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Australia received a huge blow ahead of their upcoming tour of Bangladesh as their regular white-ball skipper Aaron Finch was ruled out of the series due to a knee injury.

Finch suffered the injury while practising in the build-up to the T20I series against West Indies, which he aggravated in the fifth game of the series and was ruled out from the remaining tour.

“I'm extremely disappointed to be heading home,” Finch said in a statement.

“This was considered the best course of action rather than heading to Bangladesh, not being able to play and losing that recovery time.

“I will have the surgery if required and start the recovery process ahead of the World Cup,” he added.

Australia will not send a replacement player for Finch given the difficulties associated with travel and joining the team's bio-secure bubble.

Finch will have to go through a 14-day quarantine upon landing in Australia before he can undergo the surgery.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, who was vice-captain for the recent T20Is and captained Australia against India last summer, is likely to lead Australia for the matches against Bangladesh.

Australia are expected to arrive in Dhaka on July 29 to play five T20Is against the hosts, scheduled at the Sher-e Bangla National-Stadium respectively on August 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will stay back in Zimbabwe for a few more days despite completing their series against hosts on Sunday as their hotel reservation in Dhaka could not be changed.

BCB previously booked the hotel for the Tigers from July 29 as they were scheduled to arrive from Harare on the same day. 

However, BCB and Zimbabwe Cricket had to reschedule the T20 series after the request from the broadcasters which made the series completed two days ahead of the scheduled time.