Mushfiqur opts out of WI tour to perform hajj

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Bangladesh veteran batter Mushfiqur Rahim will be missing the upcoming West Indies tour as he will be attending Hajj later this year.

"Mushfiqur wrote an application for a leave to attend this year's Hajj a month ago ahead of the Sri Lanka series but nothing was official. However, the process has been finalised and he received a government quota. He will miss the entire West Indies Series," Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cricket operations committee chairman Jalal Yunus told The Daily Star today.

The Tigers will travel to West Indies in June to play two Test matches, three ODIs and three T20Is. The first Test will set the stage at Antigua on June 16 followed by the second Test at Saint Lucia on June 24. Bangladesh are set to depart for West Indies on June 6.

Afterward, the T20I series will start on July 2 in Dominica and the ODI series will start on July 16.

Pacers Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam have already been ruled out of the West Indies Test series due to injuries and the absence of 'Mr. Dependable' will be one more issue the BCB will address in the coming days.


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