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6 June 2021
Experienced Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has opted to not take part in the t20i leg of the team’s tour to Zimbabwe in July this year. Rahim, who is currently taking part in the Dhaka Premier Division T20 tournament for the Abahani Dhaka franchise, said that too much bubble fatigue is not good for him and he wants to remain fresh for the bigger series at home against England, Australi and New Zealand later in the autumn.
"Mushfiqur called me today and wanted to opt-out from the T20 series against Zimbabwe. We are yet to take a decision in this regard but we must respect their decisions in such cases,” Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz.
Bangladesh’ Zimbabwe tour would involve a one-off Test, three ODIs and three T20Is. Originally it was to have two Tests and two T20Is, but due to the World T20 approaching, BCB and Zimbabwe Cricket agreed to increase extra T20I and cut off one Test.
The series begins on July 7 with the Test match. The ODIs are scheduled to be played on July 16, 18 and 20 at the Harare Sports Club, while the three T20Is will be played on July 23, 25 and 27 at the same venue.