Captain Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal has asked for rest in the third and final ODI against New Zealand, confirmed selector Habibul Bashar on Sunday.
With the World Cup just around the corner, the three-match ODI series against New Zealand was expected to be an ideal platform for the vulnerable Bangladesh top-order to reassess its focus and gain confidence.
Ahead of the World Cup, Liton’s dip in form has been in focus with ODI results not quite going Tigers’ way.
With rain denying Bangladeshi cricketers from practising ahead of the first of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, stand-in skipper Liton Das informed that they might need to play mind games in order to get success against the Kiwis.
Bangladesh’s stand-in captain Liton Das said he would like the experienced duo of Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riyad to play freely and enjoy their game during the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting in Mirpur tomorrow.
Bangladesh batter Liton Das had another disappointing outing as he departed for a 24-ball 15 in the 19th over leaving the Tigers reeling at four down for 84 against Sri Lanka in their Asia Cup Super Four contest in Colombo on Saturday.
"The Asia Cup squad has a few injury concerns and the team management felt the need for an additional player going into the Super Four," chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu said.
Bangladesh opener and ODI vice-captain Liton Das departed for Pakistan yesterday but it remains unclear whether Liton would be part of the playing eleven against Pakistan in Lahore on Wednesday in the first Super Four game of the ongoing Asia Cup.
“First of all, I am not aware that Liton is going to Pakistan today. I did not hear it. I just inquired about his update today. If he goes to Pakistan, then I was supposed to know it,” Papon told reporters today.