Mushfiqur opts out of Zimbabwe T20Is

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Mushfiqur Rahim, the veteran Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman, has opted out of the upcoming Twenty20 International series against Zimbabwe, slated to be played next month. He will, however, remain available for the Tests and One-Day Internationals. Bangladesh’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed the development to Cricbuzz, on Monday (June 7).

“Mushfiqur called me today and wanted to opt out from the T20 series against Zimbabwe,” Minhajul said, adding that the bio-bubble fatigue has been tough on the players, and a reason for him to opt out and remain fresh for the upcoming games against Australia and New Zealand. “We are yet to take a decision in this regard but we must respect their decisions in such cases.”

The Bangladesh Cricket Board had earlier stated that they will be playing a Test lesser than they had planned for on their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe to accommodate an additional T20I. Bangladesh were initially scheduled to play two Tests along with three ODIs and two T20Is.