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Mushfiqur Rahim to sit out of the Australia T20Is

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Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim will miss the five-match T20I series against Australia at home after failing to complete the quarantine duties.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has confirmed that Rahim will not take part in the five-match T20I series against a touring Australian team as he failed to join the team’s bio-bubble for the mandatory 10-day quarantine. Bangladesh contingent will head straight into hotel quarantine upon their arrival in Dhaka from Harare on July 27.

According to various reports, Rahim opted out of the Zimbabwe tour to be with his family members but he was eager to play against a strong side like Australia at home.

BCB had a discussion with CA but the latter wasn’t ready to compromise with the player’s safety thus denying Mushfiqur’s participation in the five match series.

Rahim was eager to play but CA not ready to compromise

“He had to return home because of his parents and you cannot do anything in this situation. Mushfiqur (Rahim) was eager to play but we cannot help it as CA (Cricket Australia) was not ready to compromise,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz.

Rahim wanted to play the series but he had flown back to see his parents and thus failed to start the mandatory quarantine period ahead of the Australia series.

Both Bangladesh and Australia, are currently taking part in bilateral series against Zimbabwe and West Indies, respectively. Thus, both the teams would not be able to start the designated quarantine period.

The series will kick-start on August 3. The next four matches of the series will be played on August 4, 6, 7, and 9 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

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