Mortaza To Lead Bangladesh In T20s

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Mortaza will once again captain Bangladesh as they play their final T20 matches before hosting the ICC World Twenty20 next month.
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Mashrafe Mortaza has been preferred to Tamim Iqbal to lead Bangladesh in their upcoming Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka.

Regular captain Mushfiqur Rahim was ruled out when the squad was named earlier this week. That was after he sustained a fractured finger during the drawn second Test in Chittagong. Abdur Razzak was also declared unavailable after injuring himself during the match.

Mortaza has captained Bangladesh before, but his injury-prone nature has meant that those spells have been short-lived. He, reportedly because of his previous experience, has been preferred to Tamim, who has been named as his deputy.

The first of two Twenty20 Internationals is in Chittagong on Wednesday, with the second following two days later at the same venue.

Bangladesh T20I squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain), Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mithun Ali, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Arafat Sunny, Farhad Reza, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain.

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Fixtures & Results

27th-31st January: 1st Test, Mirpur
SRI 730-6 dec. bt BAN 232 & 250 by inns. & 248 runs
4th-8th February: 2nd Test, Chittagong
SRI 587 & 305-4d. drew with BAN 426 & 271-3
12th February: 1st T20I, Chittagong
SRI 168-7 beat BAN 166-7 by two runs
14th February: 2nd T20I, Chittagong
SRI 123-7 beat BAN 120 by 3 wickets
17th February: 1st ODI, Dhaka
SRI 180 beat BAN 167 by 13 runs
20th February: 2nd ODI, Mirpur
SRI 289-6 beat BAN 228 by 61 runs
22nd February: 3rd ODI, Mirpur
SRI 241-4 beat BAN 240-8 by 6 wickets