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Liton set to miss Australia series

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  • 27 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Liton set to miss Australia series

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Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das is set to miss the upcoming home Twenty20 international series against Australia due to personal reasons, a Bangladesh Cricket Board official said on Monday.

“Liton is expected to return soon as he wants to be with a close family member who is currently sick,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told The Daily Sun.

The 27-year old earlier missed the last two T20Is against Zimbabwe after sustaining a thigh injury during the opening T20I of the three-match series in Harare.

The injury also made him unavailable for the first couple of games against Australia, which is scheduled to take place on August 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 respectively at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium.

“He wasn’t available for the opening two T20Is (against Australia) and we actually can’t say anything if someone decides to be with an ailing family member,” Akram added.

 Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim opted to skip the limited-over series against Zimbabwe midway of the tour to be with his sick parents.

Mushfiq’s decision also all but confirmed his ruling out of the Australia series and his missing the deadline of joining a 10-day mandatory quarantine, a requirement for all people who will be part of the upcoming T20I series, only established the matter later.

Experienced opener Tamim Iqbal won’t also be available for the series after he decided to start his rehabilitation for a knee injury that will keep him out of competitive cricket for two months.

The Tigers have other injury worries as well considering Mustafizur Rahman, who played only one T20I and one ODI against Zimbabwe, is unlikely to be available from the start of the Australia series due to his ankle injury that he sustained on July 14 during a tour match.

It’s also learnt that both Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan are also nursing groin niggles.