Windies vs Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza likely to miss the ODI series

The visitors have also suffered a blow ahead of the second Test with an injury to Shafiul Islam.

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Bangladesh are currently involved in the two-match Test series against Windies in their own den and have succumbed to a heavy defeat in the first game already. The things are not getting easy for them on this tour as their skipper of the limited overs format Mashrafe Mortaza is most likely to miss the three-match ODI series. His wife has been admitted to the hospital due to illness and the fast bowler is looking after her.

The tussle in the coloured clothing will commence on July 22 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. The ODI squad will leave for West Indies on Saturday and the selectors have decided to wait until Friday to make sure if he available for the series. If he is ruled out of the series, it will be a huge blow for Bangladesh who have been caught in the cold once again on an overseas tour.

“He is uncertain for the tour of West Indies. He had informed about the condition of his wife and we must consider it with utmost priority. Though we have not ruled him out. there is a distinct possibility that he just might not make it to the Caribbean. We will take a decision in this regard on July 12 as the members of the ODI squad are expected to leave on the following day,” the chief selector Minhajul Abedin was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Shakib Al Hasan will take over the ODI captaincy who is already leading the side in the ongoing Test series.

Another blow for Tigers

Bangladesh are desperate to level the Test series but the problems are unlikely to end for them on this tour. The pace bowler Shafiul Islam has suffered an ankle injury during a training session on Tuesday and will most probably miss the second Test which will be played on Thursday in Jamaica. The visitors have only 4 fast bowlers in their squad and the tough going on the tour continues for them.

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