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Liton set to miss home series over Australia

 Sports Desk

 Published: 07:58 PM, 26 July 2021  

Liton set to miss home series over Australia

Liton set to miss home series over Australia

Bangladesh opener Liton Das will miss the upcoming home series against Australia due to personal reasons. Bangladesh Cricket Board's cricket operations chairman Akram Khan confirmed the development on Monday (July 26) adding that Liton is expected to fly back soon from Zimbabwe to be with his ailing family member.

The opener had missed the last two T20Is against Zimbabwe due to a thigh injury and was expected to be unavailable for the opening couple of games of the five-match T20I series against Australia. "Liton is expected to return home soon as he wants to be there for the family member who is sick. He was not available for the opening two T20s and we cannot say anything if someone says that he wants to be with his ailing family members," Akram told.

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim had opted to leave the Zimbabwe tour midway to be with his sick parents and he won't take part in the home series against Australia as well as he missed the deadline of completing 10-day mandatory quarantine, a prerequisite for any cricketer joining the bubble from outside. Tamim Iqbal, too, isn't available for the series due to his knee rehabilitation which is likely to keep him out for at least two months.

There are other injury worries as well considering Mustafizur Rahman is unlikely to be available for the start of the series against Australia due to an ankle injury he sustained earlier this month during a tour match. Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan are said to be nursing their respective groin niggles.

The T20I games will be played at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, starting August 3. Australia and Bangladesh are expected to arrive in Dhaka from the West Indies and Zimbabwe respectively on July 29. Australia are set to take a charter flight from the Caribbean to reach Dhaka while Bangladesh will reach the city in a commercial flight. Both teams will have to go through a three-day room quarantine period at the hotel.