Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe 2021
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Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim wishes to skip T20 series

08 Jun 2021

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has informed the selectors that he wishes to opt-out of the T20I series against Zimbabwe next month.

"Mushfiq has requested for a break during the T20Is, but he is available for the Test and ODIs. I think he may be tired after playing for so long, which is why he wants the leave. We will decide once he officially informs the cricket operations department," ESPNcricinfo quoted chief selector Minhajul Abedin.

However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) hasn't approved his request yet, but in recent months, they have understood the strain placed on players by bubble life.

As per the report in ESPNcricinfo, Bangladesh will be in Zimbabwe from June 29 to July 28. They will play a one-off Test, three ODIs, and three T20Is. July 23, 25, and 27 are likely to be the dates for the T20Is.

Once Bangladesh returns home from Zimbabwe, they are scheduled to play five T20Is against Australia. New Zealand are supposed to arrive in September to play a T20I series, and England are slated for three T20Is and three ODIs in October, which will be followed by the T20 World Cup.

This is not the first time when Rahim has requested a break. Earlier in 2020, he skipped the Pakistan tour, citing safety concerns.

Rahim played a crucial role in Bangladesh's ODI triumph over Sri Lanka. Bangladesh won the series 2-1. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 237 runs in the series, including a century.

Matches

Indian Premier League 2021

38th Match, Abu Dhabi, 26 Sep 2021

KKR KKR
171/6 & / (20. ov)
CSK CSK
172/8 & / (20. ov) (Target

Super Kings won by 2 wickets

Indian Premier League 2021

39th Match (N), Dubai (DSC), 26 Sep 2021

RCB RCB
165/6 & / (20. ov)
MI MI
111/10 & / (18.1 ov) (Target

RCB won by 54 runs

Indian Premier League 2021

36th Match, Abu Dhabi, 25 Sep 2021

DC DC
154/6 & / (20. ov)
RR RR
121/6 & / (20. ov) (Target

Capitals won by 33 runs

Indian Premier League 2021

37th Match (N), Sharjah, 25 Sep 2021

KXIP KXIP
125/7 & / (20. ov)
SH SH
120/7 & / (20. ov) (Target

KXIP won by 5 runs