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20-Jul-2019 07:32:00 GMT
Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2019

Mortaza ruled out of series against Sri Lanka

Dhaka: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka and in Mortaza's absence, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will lead the side.

The right-arm pacer picked up a left hamstring injury during training, which was later revealed to be a grade 1 tear, and it has ruled him out of action for between three and four weeks, International Cricket Council (ICC) reported.

Tamim does have previous international leadership experience, as he lead the Tigers in one Test in New Zealand in 2017 following an injury to then-captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

However, this will be his first time leading experience in ODIs.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has declined to name a replacement in the squad, which has already been announced.

The BCB on Tuesday had announced a 14-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, but with Mortaza's injury, the squad has decreased to 13 members.

Wicket-keeper batsman Anamul Haque and spinner Taijul Islam were called back into the team in place of Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das.

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