Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim will be missing the Asia Cup Super Four clash against India, scheduled to be held on Friday, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Wednesday.
After Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka by 21 runs in Colombo on September 9, Mushfiqur flew back home to attend the birth of his second child .
Although he was expected to return back for the match against India on September 15, BCB said in a statement that Mushfiqur has been granted an extension of leave to be with his family.
“Mushfiqur has informed us that his wife is still recovering, and he needs to be by her side and with their children at this time. We fully understand his situation and have decided to permit him to skip the game,” said Mohammed Jalal Yunus, BCB Cricket Operations Chairman.
Notably, Mushfiqur has been one of the longest-serving members of the Bangladesh team, amassing 7388 runs from 255 ODI matches, averaging 37.12, including nine tons and 45 half-centuries.
Behind the stumps, he has taken 222 catches beside 55 stumpings in the ODI format.
With Mushfiqur set to miss the clash against India, Anamul Haque Bijoy is most likely to stand behind the stumps being the lone wicket-keeper in the Bangladesh team.
After losing both their Super 4 games to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh’s chances of making it to the final of the ongoing continental tournament is almost impossible.