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Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza likely to miss Windies ODIs

Bangladesh news

Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh one-day international captain, will in all likelihood miss the three-match 50-over series against the Windies owing to his wife's ill health.

The Bangladesh selectors, however, will wait until Friday, just before the rest of the squad departs for the ODI leg of the series, before naming a replacement.

"Mashrafe has informed us of the issue," said Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector of the Bangladesh Cricket Board to Dhaka Tribune. "His wife is severely ill and needs medical attention.

"The players of the ODI squad are set to travel Saturday so we will wait till then to hear from him, and then make a decision."

Shakib Al Hasan will in all likelihood lead Bangladesh in case Mashrafe Mortaza is unable to make it
Shakib Al Hasan will in all likelihood lead Bangladesh in case Mashrafe Mortaza is unable to make it

Bangladesh are currently playing a two-match Test series in the West Indies. They lost the opening game by a huge margin of an innings and 219 runs and will be keen on staging a comeback in the second Test that commences in Jamaica on Thursday.

The visitors are already are a pacer down with Shafiul Islam ruled out for at least five weeks having twisted his ankle while training. However, with Mustafizur Rahman recovering from a toe injury he suffered during the IPL 2018, along with pacers Abu Jayed and Abu Hider in the side, the visitors should be able to cope.

In case Mortaza misses the ODI series, Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh Test and T20I captain, will in all likelihood fill in.

The first two ODIs between Bangladesh and the Windies will be at Providence Stadium in Guyana on 22 July and 25 July, while the final ODI will be at Warner Park in Basseterre on 31 July.

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